Since arriving at Wisconsin two years ago, Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen hasn’t shied away from recruiting junior college (JUCO) players to fill a gap on next year’s roster. Andersen has landed one JUCO player each recruiting cycle, and his staff has now targeted Thatcher (AZ) Eastern Arizona outside linebacker Tim Cook.
“There has been nothing new really in my recruitment,” Cook told BadgerNation. “I’m currently getting ready to head back to Arizona here in a couple days. Me and Khalil Hunter are taking a visit to Arizona State next week. Me and him are still both undecided. We really aren't worried about making a decision just yet. We have to worry about this soon (before the) upcoming season first. I have been working during the summer so I can have an outstanding season and try to win not only the playoffs but the championship.
The 6-1, 236-pound Cook admits he hasn’t heard much from Wisconsin or the coaching staff since the spring, but still wants to take a visit to Madison.
“I am still very much interested,” said Cook. “They are an extremely great program. They are in my top three schools. I would like to take a visit soon. Whenever I get back to Arizona I'm going to set that up with my coach.”
Despite not visiting Wisconsin, Cook has the Badgers in his early top three, but he is still not shutting the door on other suitors due to the variety of different things each school wants him to do.
“I do have my top three schools of Wisconsin, California and Louisville,” said Cook. “I also have been considering Arizona. They have a great program as well. They recently sent Kadeem Carey to the league. I'm a running back also so I keep up with things like that. Arizona, along with Cal, would like for me to play both sides. Some people would disagree with a player playing both sides, but I feel I would be a double threat and a valuable asset. As long as God keeps me healthy and injury free like he has, then playing both sides in my future is possible.”
One thing that hasn’t crossed Cook’s mind is when a decision could happen, but he does know what factors will play the biggest role in his decision.“To be honest, I don't know when I will make a decision,” said Cook. “It's a major decision, so it will take time. I don't want to rush into a decision like this. Like I said before, I have to worry about this season first and about finishing strong in these few classes I have left. God, my family and most important where I feel I would get the quickest and most playing time are the biggest factors in my decision.”