Last week, we introduced you to DT Curtis Harper, a talented member of the McKeesport football team. Today, we’ll take a look at Harper’s teammate, DE Antoine Cook. With these 2 players alone, the McKeesport defense will be one of the WPIAL’s best in 2016.
Cook (6-4, 225) currently holds offers from Kent State, Maine, Robert Morris, Mississippi Valley State and Youngstown State. I had a chance to check in with this talented prospect and get the latest on his recruitment. We started out talking about recruiting in general and the pressures that go with it.
“Most people don’t realize that decision we’re trying to make is huge especially because we’re doing it at a young age. You just got to make the best decision for you and try consider factors like education, playing time, family and whatever else,” said Cook. “This is very important and it can stress a kid out when he gets a lot of options.”
Cook is considering all the schools that have offered but would like to narrow that list down to Top 5. However, Cook is hesitant to do that because he believes that following his senior season, more schools will start to recruit and offer him. Considering his skill set, I think that’s a really good possibility.
Realizing that things could change, Cook pointed out to me that Robert Morris (coaching staff), Kent State, Maine and Youngstown State have made an early impression on him. Cook also tells me that he’s been talking with Toledo, Ball State, Temple and Penn State hoping for an offer.
This talented prospect is unsure of when he’s going to ultimately make a final decision. While there’s a chance he announces a decision soon it’s more likely he waits and focuses on the upcoming season for McKeesport.
Cook knows that his performance during his senior season is big and will have an opportunity to make an impression with potential new schools.
“I’m set and ready to go! I’m thinking about my life and how much I can make things change for me and my family and my little sister. There’s a lot of motivation because of what I’ve been through and how hard I’m working to handle business,” said Cook.