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Versatile Cook Recaps Rutgers Visit
Lakewood (N.J.) High's Chapelle Cook has held one offer for close to a year, but he is hoping the spring camp season brings more. The 6-foot-1, 211-pound Cook, who was offered by Temple after a strong camp showing nearly a year ago, made a weekend visit to Rutgers and is also hearing from Boston College, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Michigan State. "Rutgers was fun. I went up there with a purpose to learn about Rutgers," said Cook, who plays running back and linebacker. "They showed me a lot about where their program is going. I really enjoyed myself. "They did a good job of letting us know what Rutgers is about from the football perspective. They were getting us prepared for the life. It was nice." Cook didn't earn an offer during the visit, but after meeting with coach Kyle Flood, he believes one will come after he camps at Rutgers. "He looked at me and looked me up and down and said, ‘Wow, you're a solid kid. How much do you weigh and how tall are you?' " Cook said. "He said (6-1, 211) was impressive and then he said, ‘You coming to camp?' I said, ‘Yes, sir.' He was telling me to keep working hard." However, figuring out where Cook fits into the recruiting aspect is the next move. He sat in the running backs meeting during his visit to campus, but he also was asked to sit in with the linebackers. "They are kind of caught in between for what they want to offer me for, because they know my athletic ability and my versatility right now," Cook said. "They basically told me they're going to hand me the offer after June 6. They want to see me move. They want to see with their own eyes." Cook has no problem with that approach, and he plans to put his talents on display. It was the same way he earned a Temple offer. "I came to the camp and I excelled," Cooks said. "I felt like I was the best player on the field the whole day, and I guess the coaches thought the same thing so as soon as the camp was over the snatched me up and I met coach (Matt) Rhule." When it comes to a future position, Cook is willing to play on either side of the ball. However, e does have a preference. "I like running back better probably on the fact that I like making plays," he said. "It's probably the easiest position to come out on the field and make a big impact."
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