Tignall (Ga.) Washington-Wilkes defensive end Richard Cook knows what it’s like to experience the recruiting process. That’s because quite a few of his teammates have been through the experience and he’s about to partake in the roller-coaster ride himself.
With teams like Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Miami recruiting him heavily, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound strongside defensive end hopes to make his mark during his senior season.
“I like to play hard until the end,” Cook said. “I just go to the ball. I love hitting quarterbacks.”
And hitting quarterbacks is something that Cook, who has been time at 4.6 seconds in the 40-yard dash and can bench-press 300 pounds and squat 450, has done often.
During his junior season, Cook racked up 75 solo tackles, 30 assists, five sacks, five tackles for a loss and two fumble recoveries. That’s all in a day’s work.
“I just work harder than the other guy,” Cook said. “Charles Grant is my sports hero. I just try to do everything like him, and that starts with the work every day in the weight room.”
Cook said when it comes to making a college decision, he would like to pick schools that offer him a cold climate, natural grass and out of state.
“I grew up watching Tennessee,” Cook said. “I’m going to really look at the distance from home, too.”