Nebraska Recruiting Update: Huskers Land 14th Recruit in DB Jonathan Cook

Mike WehlingAnalyst IAugust 10, 2012

LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 29: Safety Daimion Stafford #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers and cornerback Alfonzo Dennard #15 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers knock a pass away from wide receiver Keshawn Martin #82 of the Michigan State Spartans during their game at Memorial Stadium October 29, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Wow, didn't see this one coming.

Jonathan Cook of Spanish Fork High School in Spanish Fork, Ala., committed to Nebraska late Thursday night, according to the Omaha World-Herald. That makes Cook the second commit this week, after Zach Hannon.

Cook, a 3-star recruit on both Scout and Rivals, has reportedly not yet visited Nebraska, but he chose the Huskers over other scholarship offers in Ole Miss, Minnesota, Penn State and Louisville. 

You can thank secondary coach Terry Joseph for this recruit.  Joseph handled Cook's recruitment and built a relationship with Cook, which is part of the reason Cook committed to Nebraska, the other is he has heard about Nebraska's fanbase, facilities and Pelini's rep for creating great defenses and NFL-caliber players. Specifically former Husker and member of the Super Bowl winning New York Giants Prince Amukamara impressed Cook, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.

One other thing may have led to Cook to come to Nebraska. Alabama, Cook's home school and favorite growing up, only offered him a grayshirt—meaning Cook would not be on scholarship until 2014 instead of 2013. 

This likely did not sit well with Cook.

It's understandable if this may worry some Huskers fans. What happens if Alabama changes the grayshirt to a scholarship? Well, consider this: Cook is now working on Alabama receiver commit Deon Johnson to come to Nebraska now instead of Alabama (via the World-Herald). If the Huskers could pull that off, it would be huge to steal a commit from the defending national champs and Nick Saban.

Cook's highlight video shows he has speed (runs a 4.5), length and jumping ability, and he reacts to the ball very well. He should be a great fit for Nebraska. He may end up being one of the next great Nebraska defensive backs, like Amukamara. 

This was a great job by Coach Joseph to land Cook out of the heart of the SEC.

Nebraska has made a major jump in recruiting rankings. The Huskers have risen from 24th, from earlier in the week on Scout, to 16th—leaping over schools like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, North Carolina and UCLA. This also puts Nebraska third in the Big Ten, behind Michigan and Ohio State. On Rivals, the jump was smaller: Going from 30th to 25th, which moved the Huskers past Wisconsin and Iowa but still behind Illinois, Michigan and Ohio State.

Cook is Nebraska's first cornerback recruit for the 2013 class. This brings the position totals to three linebackers, three safeties, two defensive linemen, one quarterback, two offensive linemen, one tight end, one receiver, one cornerback and one long snapper.

In terms of states, Cook is the first Husker from Alabama, and is also the most southern commit in the class so far. This brings the state totals up to four for Ohio, two for Indiana and Nebraska, and one for South Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri, Alabama, California and Maryland.

Cook was a surprise commit, but a great surprise to an already great class that's only halfway done. He has the necessary tools to be a great cornerback for the Huskers, and it sounds like he is on board and ready to help the coaches land more recruits. 

Huskers fans will hope to see even more commits once the season starts.