Florida State commit Jamel Cook who was selected to participate in the Army All-America Bowl had a very successful first day of practice. The 6'4 high school senior has been committed to Florida State since February and was the first defensive back commit in the class, turning down offers from schools such as Alabama, Auburn and Clemson.
Cook is a four-star athlete who spent his time playing wide receiver and cornerback at Miami Central, the same high school as current 'Noles RB Dalvin Cook (Jamel's cousin), DT Fred Jones, WR Da'Vante Phillips, and DB Calvin Brewton, along with FSU alumni and current Atlanta Falcons star RB Devonta Freeman. 24/7 Sports ranks Cook as the 10th best athlete and 135th best overall player in the nation.
Cook was a member of the 2015 state champions (Miami Central has actually won each of the last four titles), who smashed a previously undefeated Armwood team 48-13.
"Teams were actually recruiting Cook at cornerback, safety, linebacker and even a mention of defensive end if he had kept growing," Bud Elliott, National Recruiting Analyst for SB Nation said. "That speaks to his versatility and untapped potential, though I ultimately expect to see him at safety in Tallahassee. He compares favorably to former FSU safety Pat Watkins, who was also quite tall."
You can tell that Cook is extremely physical in the way he plays, using his long arms to break up passes, and doesn't quit until the whistle is blown.
Cook is paired here against WR DK Metcalf, a four-star Ole Miss commit, and continues to stay in stride with him the whole time.
Another great rep by Jamel Cook. 6-4 CB flipping his hips vs Austin Mack pic.twitter.com/SYDjT0CRrP— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 4, 2016
This time Cook is paired against WR Austin Mack, a four-star, 6'2 Ohio State commit. Once again, Cook's physical play breaks up a pass, something the 'Noles could be seeing for awhile.
And one more from Jamel Cook. Great 1on1 session. pic.twitter.com/XAeL5NQmSs— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) January 4, 2016
No matter the route run by the receiver, Cook is always with them, stride for stride, doing everything he can to prevent the completion.