Cook Flourishing At FUMA

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Malcolm Cook

Malcolm Cook enjoyed a breakout season in his first (and last) year at Fork Union Military Academy (VA). The Richmond (VA) native, a safety, has racked up at least 14 interceptions for a 10-2 Blue Devils squad that will take on Liberty Christian Academy in the Virginia Independent Schools Division 1 state championship this Friday night.

Teammates have dubbed Cook as “Kobe in the Clutch” for his game-changing performances. Fellow senior Christian Hackenberg , a Penn State commit, has his own nickname for the Virginia-bound defensive back.

“The team calls him Superman and he calls me Kryptonite. He says I strike fear in quarterbacks,” Cook said with a laugh.

Cook, who transferred to FUMA after spending three years at Armstrong High in Richmond, was a do-everything player at his previous school. His athletic ability was evident, but this season he has become a more complete player under the tutelage of head coach Micky Sullivan and assistant Sam Mavrick.

“Being with Coach Mavrick so long, he sits in a classroom with me and goes over what’s good to do and what’s not good to do,” Cook said. “He told me how to read details of film. He taught me how to look at what other coaches do. Him and Coach Sullivan, they teach you how to be video players. They teach you how to read film, read different coverages, and read receivers. I script them every game.”

Cook’s breakout performance came in a Week 2 win over Georgetown Prep. In the win, he returned two interceptions for touchdowns.

“When our team was looking for a big playmaker, Coach Sullivan came to me and said they need me to step up,” Cook said. “I made one interception and score. I caught another interception and scored.”

Cook is not just succeeding on the field.

“Schoolwork is good. I got a B-plus in German the first semester,” said Cook, a good student who is expected to have no problem gaining admission to UVa. He takes the SAT