Jonathan Cook

Alabama prep star Jonathan Cook.

He hasn't been to Lincoln, and says he has at least 20 offers to choose from.

But Jonathan Cook said Nebraska just felt right. He liked Bo Pelini, secondary coach Terry Joseph and what he's heard about the Husker fan base.

And so on Thursday the cornerback from SEC country — Spanish Fort, Ala. — committed to Nebraska, giving the Huskers their second commit in two days.

"They said I made their day," Cook said of Husker coaches.

A day before, Nebraska had received a commitment from Kansas City offensive lineman Zach Hannon.

That one was not a surprise. This one was.

"It feels good just knowing where you're going so you can focus on your high school season," Cook said.

Asked what other schools were near the top of his list, the 6-foot, 185-pound corner mentioned Ole Miss, which also had offered him.

Cook said his connection with Joseph, who is Nebraska's lead recruiter down in SEC territory, was part of the reason he wanted to go to NU. He also brought up the name of former Husker Prince Amukamara.

The fact Amukamara came through Nebraska and is now in the NFL impressed him. and both give him three stars. Rivals ranks him as the 26th best prospect in the state of Alabama. Scout rates him as the 75th best corner nationally. The recruiting site 247 Sports slots him 66th nationally in its composite rankings.

The past two days have helped Nebraska climb in the recruiting rankings. With Hannon and Cook aboard, NU jumped to No. 25 in the Rivals rankings, and moved ahead 12 spots in the 247 rankings to 23rd.

Scout has the Huskers at No. 18 in its recruiting rankings, though those ratings hadn't hadn't yet been updated Thursday night to reflect Cook's commitment.

Cook described his hometown "as kind of a small town," but his high school has found plenty of football success. The corner's team won the state championship his sophomore year. Cook had two interceptions in that game.

As for when Cook will lay eyes on Nebraska for the first time? The Michigan game on Oct. 27, he says.

He knows fans love their football in Nebraska. But then, he's from Alabama. Sort of the same deal.

"Yeah, they're crazy," he said.


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Clark Grell is sports editor.

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