Alex Cook landed a scholarship offer from his dream school Thursday when UCLA reached out and, though he intends to hold off on a commitment, the Bruins are certainly in a favorable spot heading into the spring.
The three-star wide receiver from Sacramento (Calif.) Sheldon spent an hour on the phone with UCLA assistant Angus McClure on Wednesday and, less than 24 hours later, had an offer from the program he grew up rooting for. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound prospect had a good showing last weekend at the Pylon Elite 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas, proving to be a well-rounded receiver with plenty of upside.
“Coach Angus walked me through what UCLA is about and he talked to my dad; everything he talked about was perfect, even better than my expectations of UCLA,” Cook told Bruin Report Online. “I grew up loving UCLA. I was a UCLA and Cal fan, but I definitely favored the Bruins a little bit more. When they called and offered -- I’m not going to lie -- I went into tears. It was big.
“This is all new to me and I’m just enjoying the process right now, but UCLA is big. Coach (Eric) Yarber is an awesome dude. He talked to me like I’m his brother -- we have that connection.”
The plan moving forward is to continue feeling things out. Cook wants to enjoy the recruiting process and take some official visits, with a few Pac-12 programs already in good shape to draw closer looks.
“When I’m out there, I want to feel a sense of comfort for me and my family. It’s close and nothing can beat that Southern California weather.”
Cook said he would be in Los Angeles this coming weekend for an event and might stop by campus to meet with McClure. Either way, he plans to take an unofficial visit during his spring break later this month.
Cook has also been hearing from Oregon and Notre Dame Fighting recently, with the Ducks still debating which side of the ball they would recruit him for. He had 46 receptions for 703 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior last season.