This off-season is especially important to Tyler Cook not only so his recruitment could get busier but so he can gain weight.
The 2014 outside linebacker/defensive end from Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta contracted mononucleosis late in his sophomore season and then lost about 15 pounds leading into his junior year.
Because his schedule is so hectic, Cook had no time to gain the weight back so he's been playing light all season. In the coming weeks, though, after Vista Murrieta wraps up its season, Cook plans to hit the weights, eat a lot and gain the pounds again.
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It could be a step in the right direction for his recruitment as well.
"It's going to be an every day thing," Cook said. "I'm going to be in the weight room every day. It's going to be eat, sleep, weight room. It's going to be awesome.
"As long as I keep doing what I'm doing, I obviously have to eat, stay healthy and not get sick again, but if I do what I do I can recover and come back."
Cook, who attended the Notre Dame-USC game last weekend, said he's been hearing from UCLA, Oregon and BYU early on.
One of his close friends is UCLA commit Sean Dowling so the Bruins should be closely watched in his recruitment. So far this season, the 2014 prospect has 54 tackles and 7.5 sacks.
Last weekend, Vista Murrieta blanked Rancho Cucamonga in the playoffs, 34-0, setting up a big matchup against Corona (Calif.) Centennial on Friday night.
"It was a great effort by both the offense and defense," Cook said of last week's win. "We really came together. The defense came together, we had a shut out, and I couldn't ask much more from my defense."