Prior to UVa announcing the dismissal of defensive coordinator Jim Reid and three other assistant coaches on December 2, Fork Union (VA) senior Malcolm Cook was solid in the verbal commitment he had given Cavaliers head coach Mike London in July. The 6’1″, 200-pound safety prospect says he remains committed to the Cavaliers but admits he won’t make a firm, final decision on his college future until “a few days before [February 6 National Signing Day].”
“I’m still committed. I’m just looking at different things,” Cook said when asked to provide a general update on his recruitment.
“I’m just doing a little shopping now.”
A number of schools made contact with Cook or retiring Fork Union head coach Mickey Sullivan after the Virginia coaching news broke, but which schools have come through and offered?
“TCU, (Virginia Tech head coach) Frank Beamer came by himself, Syracuse, Miami, ODU, Wake Forest,” Cook answered.
Prior to making his final choice, Cook plans on taking official visits. He has two currently on the schedule and two more possibly in the works.
“I just have two set – one to Virginia and one to Virginia Tech,” Cook said. “Virginia is on the 18th (of January). (Fellow UVa commit Tim) Harris will be there. (UVa 2012 defensive tackle signee Tyrell) Chavis will be there. I’m going to Virginia Tech on the 25th. And I’m working on Syracuse and TCU.”
Cook admits he had a change of heart with respect to Virginia Tech. He wasn’t too interested initially, but he has decided to make the trip to Blacksburg and explore the opportunity further.
“I kind of did change my mind,” Cook said. “I’m going to go look and see what they have to offer. Coach Sully (Mickey Sullivan) said it’s not a bad idea to check it out, so that’s what I’m going to do.”
Cook has stopped short of “officially” de-committing from Virginia, and he discussed what he likes about the Hoos.
“I like Coach London. I think he is a good coach and he has some good players,” Cook said. “UVa also has a top-of-the-line education you can’t really get anywhere else. I’m just getting used to it [without Jim Reid being there].”
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