August 11, 2013
Tyler Cook commits to BYU on the day of his parents' anniversary
Several months ago when CougarNation spoke with Tyler Cook he mentioned that he would be making his decision on his parents' anniversary. Since that time BYU fans have been anticipating the day, hoping that BYU was the decision for Cook.
BYU has had a lot of recent success with the OLB position and BYU fans want to see that tradition continue. Next year BYU will lose current starting OLB's Spencer Hadley and Kyle Van Noy but have found future prospects with Fred Warner and now Cook.
Both Cook and Warner have become good friends and look forward to playing with each other. Warner who committed several months ago had pretty good knowledge that Cook would also be committing. "I had made that decision a long time ago, back in March. I wanted to see other schools and make sure I made the right decision," said Cook.
The two both attended BYU's spring scrimmage that definite had an impact on their decision. While here in the spring Cook got to know Spencer Hadley better and build a relationship with him. Last week, back in Provo he was able to connect with Hadley again, this time as a committed future Cougar. "I was able to be there for a team meeting and I was sitting in the back row and Coach Mendenhall called me up and introduced me and who I had offers from and that I had committed to BYU. So it was in front of the whole team and the whole team cheered and it was a really cool feeling," said Cook.
While on his visit he was meeting with Coach Mendenhall after it was made public about the jerseys being changed to having Tradition, Spirit or Honor on the back of the jerseys opposed to the last names. After meeting with Cook is when Mendenhall was approached by BYU's SID and AD about storm of emotion regarding the change. Mendenhall later that night reversed back to the players' last names being on the jerseys because of a players vote. Cook, who was unaware that this all transpired while he was there, said that if they would have changed that it would have had no effect on his decision and that he thought it would be cool and different.
Cook also had offers from Arizona, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Duke, Fresno State, Hawaii, Kansas State, Miami, Nevada, San Jose State, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Washington State and Yale. He wants to become a fireman but likes that with his education at BYU he had other possibilities.
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