(6-4, 270) had an in-home visit from Fresno State
Offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain earlier this month. Cook says the visit went well and he scheduled his official visit to Fresno for January 18-20. Coach McElwain was a leading candidate for the vacant head-coaching job at Eastern Washington. He decided to remain at Fresno State, but the Bulldogs could not sway Cook from leaving his home state.
Bulldog LB Kyle Knox hosted Cook on his official visit. Cook says it was his first trip to Central California, and only his second to the state. He attended Cal's junior last year.
Cook picked up an offer on his trip but told the coaches he would have to talk it over with his family before committing. Shortly after arriving home, he called EWU Assistant Coach Torey Hunter to tell him he would be an Eagle.
"It was good," Cook said of his Fresno State visit. "But I decided to commit Eastern Washington. It was a better fit fore me. It is closer to home. I felt more into Eastern Washington. I know I could play DI. I know I can compete at any level."
Location played a huge part in his decision. Cook says if Fresno State were located in the state of Washington, he would probably be a Bulldog.
"Eastern Washington at first was only offering me a partial [scholarship,]" Cook said.
Cook says after mentioning he was taking a trip to Fresno State, EWU called to tell him they were going to bump him to a full scholarship.
"If feels good," Cook said of getting the full offer. "[EWU] is only giving out nine [scholarships] and I am one of them. It means a lot."
Cook says he does not plan to take any other trips and is solid on EWU. Academically, he has a 3.0 GPA and he will retake his SAT January 25.
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Federal Way (Wash.) Beamer HS OL/DL Evan Cook took an official visit to Fresno State this past weekend and picked up an official offer. In spite of this, Cook decided to pass on the Bulldogs to stay closer to home. He made his decision shortly after returning home from Fresno Sunday afternoon.
Federal Way (Wash.) Beamer HS OL/DL Evan Cook has made his college choice.