Colby Cooke Garnering High-Major Interest

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Goochland (VA) place-kicker Colby Cooke enjoyed a big-time junior season, making 10 of 12 field goals — including a long of 47 yards — en route to being a consensus first-team all-state selection. Coaches from Liberty, JMU, North Carolina, Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Tech have stopped by Goochland High School this Evaluation Period to further evaluate the 6-3, 190-pound standout, who has a busy summer planned.

“I feel confident about possibly getting a few offers, but I haven’t gotten any yet,” said Cooke, who made five of nine field goals his sophomore season. “Some coaches have said that, if they see me perform like they see me kick on film, they’d offer.”

Soccer was Cooke’s number one sport before the 8th grade, when, at his uncle’s urging, he gave place-kicking a try. Cooke would make a 35-yard field goal his 8th grade season, and he has gone on to a successful high school career for Bulldogs varsity head coach Joe Fowler.

“He’s got a rocket for a leg,” Fowler said of Cooke, who also booted 27 touchbacks in 52 kick-offs last season. “He’s not a typical kicker in terms of size. He’s 6-3 or 6-4, 190 pounds. He has flexibility and quickness in his leg. He can really put a hurtin’ on the football.”

Cooke plans to attend camps at JMU, ODU, Richmond, Virginia and Virginia Tech, and he’s considering camp stops at Delaware, North Carolina, N.C. State, and South Carolina as well. Virginia was his only camp stop last year, but he did well in an interesting circumstance.

“The UVa camp, actually it was the first day ever for me kicking off the ground,” Cooke recalled. “I made a 48-yard field goal off the ground. I felt like I was stepping it up a little bit. Right now, I’ve started kicking off the ground a lot and practicing hard, making sure I’m kicking my best to put on the best possible show at camps.”

Cooke made an unofficial visit to South Carolina last fall. This spring, he has traveled to ODU, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

“I really like how the coaches paid attention to me,” Cooke said of the Virginia Tech Spring Game experience on April 23. “They knew I was there. I actually got to talk to coach Frank Beamer in