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Maryland picked up a pair of commitments from McDonogh in the 2014 class in offensive lineman Jared Cohen and cornerback Josh Woods. Now the Terps are trying to get back again in 2015, offering linebacker Wyatt Cook.
Cook is also hearing from Penn State, Virginia Tech and Northwestern, among others.
“I was actually in wrestling practice when my football coach came and pulled me out," recalled the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder. “He told me to call coach [Keith] Dudzinski right away. When I did, he offered me.”
For Cook, who has visited Maryland several times and listed the Terps in his top three even before the offer, it was big news.
“It wasn’t a shock, but it was pretty awesome,” he said. “I’m still trying to believe it right now [several hours later].”
Cook said Dudzinski had been hinting at an offer for weeks now, detailing the many reasons he wanted the three-star linebacker to come to College Park.
“He said he loved the way I played, and he would love for me to be a part of his defense,” said Cook. “He would be my coach if I went there, and he said he would love to coach someone like me.”
Maryland became the first school to offer Cook, but it certainly won’t be the last. Still, getting in early will mean something for the Terps down the road.
“It’s a lot of weight off my shoulders finally getting my first [offer],” Cook said. “It’s awesome and it’s cool that it’s the hometown school.”
It may not be long before other offers come pouring in. Virginia Tech visited Wednesday, while Northwestern and Penn State plan on being in town Thursday.
Cook received a three-star, .8800-rating in the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s 14th-ranked inside linebacker.