Heritage’s Cook Receives Offer

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The state of Virginia is filled with great athletes in the 2005 class, and another can be found at Heritage High School in Lynchburg, Virginia. 6-3, 190 pound Chris Cook , who plays at least three different positions in high school, has the versatility and athleticim to play either offense or defense on the next level.

Along with his size and athleticism, Cook displays good speed.

“Chris plays running back, cornerback, and wide receiver,” Heritage Head Coach Chris Jones said. “He plays wherever we need him to play. He’s got great hands. He has at least a 30-inch vertical and he runs a sub 4.5 in the 40. We ran the 40 here earlier this week, and we timed him at 4.48.

“I think Chris really has great potential.”

Cook enjoyed an excellent junior year last season, finishing with eight interceptions from the cornerback position. He earned Group AA coaches first-team all-state as a defensive back. Cornerback could be his position on the next level, although some schools like him as a receiver or even as a safety.

“He can definitely play cornerback,” Jones said. Cook made 20 receptions on offense as well. “He had a great season last year. He had eight interceptions. I think a lot of teams are wondering exactly where he would play on the next level. He could be a wide receiver, safety, or cornerback.”

Virginia Tech has verbally offered Cook a scholarship. Virginia, Maryland, Notre Dame, and Nebraska are among the schools showing serious interest as well.

“Virginia Tech has offered him,” Jones said. “They verbally offered him recently. They said they wanted to be the first ones to offer. Maryland and Virginia are definitely interested, and Nebraska and Notre Dame have requested film. NC State, WVU, and some other ACC schools are looking at him also.”

According to Jones, Cook will participate in the Nike Camp in Charlottesville as well as the one-day camps at Virginia Tech and Virginia. Academically, Jones says “it might be close. Chris will take the SAT for the first time this month.”

The primary recruiter from Virginia Tech is Kevin Rogers while Anthony Poindexter is the primary recruiter from UVa.


Two names who should garner some Division I-AA attention at least are 6-0, 170 pound cornerback Wayne Ford and 6-3, 247 pound defensive