Cook immediately connected with Jim Reid. He felt that Coach Reid had given him a chance when other coaches had not. This made his firing earlier this offseason that much harder on him. Of all the recruits we were concerned about losing due to the coaching changes, Cook was at the top of that list. However once Cook had a chance to meet with Jon Tenuta and discuss his projected role in the defense, his commitment was reaffirmed. In a class that his heavy with DB talent, Cook has the chance to be a real game-changer at safety. Tenuta's high pressure scheme generates a lot of rushed and poor throws from opposing QBs, so having a ball hawk at safety will translate those bad throws into turnovers, something this secondary desperately needs to be able to do.
UVA Projection: Cook should get a redshirt next season. Safety is not a position of tremendous immediate need, and unlike players like Kirk Garner and Tim Harris, Cook doesn't project to cornerback. However, he should slide into the vacated free safety spot in his redshirt sophomore season to pair with hopefully Quin Blanding (fingers crossed) in what would be potentially one of the best safety tandems ever at UVA. BAM! How's that for bold?