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Rivals100 DE Cook sets visits

Five finalists have been locked into place for
Tignall (Ga.) standout
Richard Cook.
team member, rated the No. 6 strongside defensive end in the nation, has
scheduled all of his official visits: Florida State (Dec. 6), South Carolina
(Dec. 13), Maryland (Jan. 3), Georgia (Jan. 10) and Tennessee (Jan. 17).
"A lot of different people have still been calling,"
he said, "but I've pretty much told them it's going to be between those
A favorite may have also (re)-emerged, so to speak.
"When Tennessee offered, that kind of put them back
at the top... just slightly," Cook said. "They've got a lot of D-Linemen
leaving this year, and I've always been a fan of them anyway. For a while
there, I wasn't sure if they were going to offer or not, so I kind of lost a
little faith in them, but now it's changed. I feel real good about their
coaches. Coach (Woody) McCorvey has done a good job for them making me feel
like I'd be a big impact for them."
Cook (6-4, 265, 4.6) said he'll let his heart guide
his decision after taking the official visits.
"As of now, they've all got an equal chance," he
said. "It will come down to how much playing time I feel I can get and the
people in their program. I want to be around good people I can relate to."
Cook made an unofficial visit to Columbia (S.C.) on
Saturday to see two of his teams in person, the Vols and Gamecocks.
"It was fun, a real good game" he said. "I'd been
there before, so the stadium and the fans and all that were nothing new, but
it kept me thinking about South Carolina and that being a nice option."
Through nine games this season, Cook has recorded
approximately 60 tackles and four sacks in leading Washington-Wilkes to a
7-2 record. As a junior, he tallied 105 tackles and five sacks.