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The University of Virginia’s July 21 camp came to an end around 1:30 in the afternoon. At that time, safety prospect Malcolm Cook , fresh off an impressive camp performance, didn’t plan on giving head coach Mike London a verbal commitment. Three hours later, the Richmond (VA) native changed his mind and is now the 16th member of Virginia’s class of 2013.
Cook claimed offers from Kentucky, Morgan State, N.C. State, Old Dominion, Penn State, Virginia and Wake Forest. The decision ultimately came down to the Cavaliers and Nittany Lions, but the off-the-field developments at Penn State made the choice an easy one.
“I was going to wait, but I was thinking about all the scandals at Penn State. I was in [the McCue Center following the camp], and I actually saw the PSU thing on TV. My coach said Penn State is a great school, but with everything going on he said he wouldn’t want to be involved in it,” the 6’1″, 198-pound Cook said. “From then on, I was thinking about it. [UVa primary recruiter Jim] Reid has been with me for a long time. He came to my football games and basketball games. And then I just told him I wanted to be part of it. I told him and Coach London.”
London “was excited,” Cook said. “He said it’s great to have me. Coach Reid was happy. He told me I did a great job [at camp]. He said he couldn’t wait to see me up there.”
Shortly after camp on Saturday, Cook said the following about his future school: “I love the atmosphere at UVa. My mom loves it. The staff is lovely. The players are nice. I’ve talked to (rising sophomore safety) Anthony Harris . The academics are great.”
Location turned out to be a big plus as well.
“It’s closer for my mom to come and see me,” Cook said. “It’s...
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