Coach Paul Lounsberry visited the home of Richard Cook tonight. The incredibly talented and athletic DE/FB from Washington/Wilkes High School in Washington, Georgia.
Everyone is after Cook, and before tonight there were questions in most Gamecocks' minds about Cook's intentions with the Gamecocks. But by the time Coach Lounsberry and Cook had finished visiting ... Cook was impressed.
''I enjoyed the visit tonight. He gave me a lot of things to think about,'' said the 6-4 265 big man. ''I set a visit date and I am looking forward to coming to Columbia to see some of the things Coach Lounsberry told me about."
Cook was studying when we spoke with him tonight. He is a very amiable person, very well spoken and intelligent. ''I'm fully qualified right now to go anywhere I want to go,'' noted Richard. ''And academics are important to me. I've done my homework about graduation rates and all that.''
''I like South Carolina and I like what they are doing there. A former teammate of mine Dacus Turman plays there and he likes it a lot. That is important to me.''
Some of the other things that are important to Richard?
''Playing time. I want to see some early playing time if I earn it,'' replied Cook without hesitation. ''That, and academics are the two most important things to me.''
Cook has already visited FSU and Maryland. But he clearly stated that he wants to play in the SEC. ''That's where the best football is played,'' said Cook. ''That's where I want to play, where the best football is played and the best football is played in the SEC because they have better football.''
Cook said he benchs 320, squats 490 and runs a legit 4.5 forty. And he likes contact. He has set a visit for South Carolina on the 10th of January following the conversation with Lounsberry, and he will follow that visit with a trip to Tennessee on the 17th.