Cooke decides to sign with Big 10 school

When last we spoke with Joliet DT Kris Cooke (6-1, 310), he was hoping to have the chance to sign with a school this summer so he could play D-1 ball this fall. Things worked out as he committed to a Big 10 program on Tuesday and he'll sign with that school today to make things official.

"I just committed to play at Purdue," an excited Cooke told on Tuesday evening. "I'm just excited and relieved about the whole situation because I really wanted to play this fall for a D-1 school and Purdue was able to step up with an offer."

Cooke signed with Northern Illinois out of high school, but he took a medical redshirt in 2006 and then was unable to stay academically eligible because of a family situation that needed his attention.

So he enrolled at Joliet where he received All-Conference honors while helping lead the Wolves to the post season by amassing 30 tackles, 8.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks from his nose tackle position.

Through hard work in the classroom, Cooke was able to become eligible again and he was ready to return to Northern Illinois.

"Both Ball State and Northern offered me again and I was all set to return to Northern, but then Purdue started showing me interest," Cooke said. "They didn't have a scholarship when they started talking to me, but they freed one up and so today they called me and they offered and I said 'yes'.

"Playing Big 10 football is the ultimate around this area. They have a good program up there and I'm really looking forward to getting there and preparing for the season."

Cook will be on campus to start camp early next month and he'll have four years to play three starting this fall.

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