Elijah Cooks led a slam dunk barrage for Atascadero (Calif.) against Santa Maria (Calif.) Righetti on Friday, Jan. 6, as he wowed the spectators inside the Righetti gymnasium with his energetic athleticism and ability to attack the rim.
He’s aiming to be a slam dunk pickup for one lucky college football program, as the 6-foot-5, 215-pound Cooks is getting courted more for his wide receiving play on the gridiron -- proven by his offers from San Jose State and Wyoming and now, his father Adrian Cooks’ alma mater Fresno State is showing late interest.
“I have heard from Fresno State. Their new recruiting coordinator has been hitting me up,” Cooks told Scout. “For sure (I’ll give them a chance). My dad went there.”
If the memory rings a bell for Bulldog fans, the elder Cooks played running back for former head coach Jim Sweeney from 1987 to 1989, accumulating 462 total yards and scoring five touchdowns in a reserve role.
His son, a 2017 prospect, emerged as a match up nightmare against the San Luis Obispo County competition, hauling down 57 catches for 967 yards and 12 touchdowns…all while averaging 17 yards a catch and giving a normally run-heavy Greyhound offense a new aerial option.
His San Jose State scholarship paper came from the previous regime led by Ron Caragher. Even though Caragher is gone, the new Spartan staff that’s being led by Brent Brennan is still trying to pilfer Cooks, the wide receiver/small forward said.
“The new SJSU staff is still talking to me. I am going on a visit sometime this month,” Cooks said. “The new recruiting coordinator is talking to me and yes, they’re the front runner.”
Wyoming was his first offer, which arrived on June 27. Cooks plans to announce his commitment and sign his letter of intent on National Signing Day, set for Feb. 1.