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July 1, 2014

Cook 'ready to hop on the train'

During his weekend visit to Purdue, linebacker Wyatt Cook says he could feel the momentum building.

Perhaps not just with current players, but in future ones, too; his commitment on Tuesday was the Boilermakers' fifth in the last week, and the second linebacker in as many days. Cook, from Ownings Mill, Md., says he took note of a voluntary workout on Saturday morning.

"A lot of the team was telling me that most of the team was there lifting," the 6-foot-2, 225-pounder at McDonogh High School said. "They want the turnaround. They're telling me, but I can also see it. They said they were watching film on Friday night, when most players at other schools would be going out. It just seemed like the right fit."

Cook picked Purdue over Maryland, Virginia and others, moving up his timeline to do so. Originally, he had said a commitment would come later in the summer, following return visits to the Terrapins and Cavaliers, but that all changed over the weekend.

"It was just everything," he said of the decision-making trip. "Once I stepped on Purdue's campus it was just a different feel with the coaches and players. It seemed like they were hungry and ready to make a difference and turn the program around from last year. All the players seemed more as one team and not as a bunch of individuals. They all treated each other the same, as teammates and not as juniors or freshmen or sophomores. I really like all the coaches, as well."

Cook met primarily with Coach Kevin Sherman, his recruitment coach, and linebackers coach Marcus Freeman, saying "I couldn't ask for better guys to spend four years with."

"They obviously like my film," he said, "and like me as a player and person. They say I'm the right fit and I think I'm the right fit. I'm ready to hop on the train."

It's been quite the run for Darrell Hazell and Co., picking up commitments from three consecutive running backs last week, before Florida outside linebacker Sawyer Dawson on Monday night and Cook Tuesday afternoon. Cook is projected as an inside 'backer and is the 10th commitment, and third defender, for the 2015 class.

It'll stick.

"I knew right away" he said of his post-visit feelings. "It didn't matter if I got an offer the next day from Michigan or Penn State. I wanted to go to Purdue."

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