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Cook ready to hop on the train

DuringhisweekendvisittoPurdue,linebackerWyattCooksayshecouldfeelthemomentumbuilding.
Perhapsnotjustwithcurrentplayers,butinfutureones,too;hiscommitmentonTuesdaywastheBoilermakers'fifthinthelastweek,andthesecondlinebackerinasmanydays.Cook,fromOwningsMill,Md.,sayshetooknoteofavoluntaryworkoutonSaturdaymorning.
"Alotoftheteamwastellingmethatmostoftheteamwastherelifting,"the6-foot-2,225-pounderatMcDonoghHighSchoolsaid."Theywanttheturnaround.They'retellingme,butIcanalsoseeit.TheysaidtheywerewatchingfilmonFridaynight,whenmostplayersatotherschoolswouldbegoingout.Itjustseemedliketherightfit."
CookpickedPurdueoverMaryland,Virginiaandothers,movinguphistimelinetodoso.Originally,hehadsaidacommitmentwouldcomelaterinthesummer,followingreturnvisitstotheTerrapinsandCavaliers,butthatallchangedovertheweekend.
"Itwasjusteverything,"hesaidofthedecision-makingtrip."OnceIsteppedonPurdue'scampusitwasjustadifferentfeelwiththecoachesandplayers.Itseemedliketheywerehungryandreadytomakeadifferenceandturntheprogramaroundfromlastyear.Alltheplayersseemedmoreasoneteamandnotasabunchofindividuals.Theyalltreatedeachotherthesame,asteammatesandnotasjuniorsorfreshmenorsophomores.Ireallylikeallthecoaches,aswell."
CookmetprimarilywithCoachKevinSherman,hisrecruitmentcoach,andlinebackerscoachMarcusFreeman,saying"Icouldn'taskforbetterguystospendfouryearswith."
"Theyobviouslylikemyfilm,"hesaid,"andlikemeasaplayerandperson.TheysayI'mtherightfitandIthinkI'mtherightfit.I'mreadytohoponthetrain."
It'sbeenquitetherunforDarrellHazellandCo.,pickingupcommitmentsfromthreeconsecutiverunningbackslastweek,beforeFloridaoutsidelinebackerSawyerDawsononMondaynightandCookTuesdayafternoon.Cookisprojectedasaninside'backerandisthe10thcommitment,andthirddefender,forthe2015class.
It'llstick.
"Iknewrightaway"hesaidofhispost-visitfeelings."Itdidn'tmatterifIgotanofferthenextdayfromMichiganorPennState.IwantedtogotoPurdue."
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