Brandin Cooks was the best wide receiver at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp on Sunday, a quick, aggressive, determined prospect who said one Pac-10 school could be close to getting his commitment.
The Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln recruit has offers from Washington, Washington State, Arizona, Nevada and Cal Poly but the Huskies stand out the most and Cooks plans to visit Washington next month. A pledge could happen around that time.
"I'm leaning toward Washington because they have coach (Steve Sarkisian) over there and he's a heck of a coach," Cooks said. "They have a good coaching staff and they're building up. Quarterback Nick Montana is going to be a freshman next year and I'd love to play with him.
"Washington stands out. It's in the Pac-10, it's a great education and that's a big part of my life, too."
Sarkisian is another big reason why Cooks, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound prospect, likes Washington so much and the June visit could seal the commitment. UCLA, Oregon State, Oregon, UNLV, Southern Cal and California are also showing interest but Washington is clearly the team to beat.
"(Sarkisian) came from SC so you know how everybody loves SC," Cooks said. "When they heard Sark went to Washington from SC they know they're going to get coached really well.
"I'm near a commitment. I'm going to take a trip down there in the summertime in June and tour the campus. That's when I should be able to make my decision."
If any program has a chance to beat out Washington it could be UCLA but the Bruins have not offered yet. Cooks, the wide receiver MVP at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp, said he's not shutting out any schools but has the Huskies on top for sure.
"UCLA was always my dream school but I'm going where my heart goes and right now it's leaning toward Washington," Cooks said. "They're loving me more. UCLA really likes me but they haven't offered yet."