Indiana flips Maryland DB commit Jameel Cook #iufb

Indiana took one step closer to filling its 2015 signing class on Sunday afternoon, picking up a verbal commit from three-star defensive back Jameel Cook.

In doing so, the Hoosiers plucked him away from division rival Maryland, where Cook had committed in June. But in taking an official visit to Bloomington this weekend, Cook decommitted from Maryland and decided to become the 22nd addition to Kevin Wilson’s current class.

“When something is right it just feels right and Bloomington is right for me!” Cook tweeted in announcing his commitment.

Cook, a native of Missouri City, Texas, had additional offers from Arizona State, Colorado and Colorado State. The 6-foot, 180-pound prospect is ranked as the No. 100 safety in the nation, according to the 247 Sports Composite.

His father, Jameel Cook Sr., played fullback at Illinois from 1998-2000 before playing nine seasons in the NFL and earning a Super Bowl ring in 2003 with Tampa Bay.

Cook is the second player that Indiana has flipped from Maryland after athlete Mike Majette’s commitment to IU in December. The Hoosiers have three spots left to fill in the 2015 class. National signing day is Wednesday.


  1. I hope CKW and staff get all of these young men to sign their letters of intent tomorrow. It’s nice to see IU in the ‘flips to’ instead of the ‘flips from’ column. Great recruiting CKW and staff. Get ’em signed and KEEP building this program. Go Hoosiers!!!

  2. #1 from this weekends visitors list. 22 overall with 3 to go. Good recriuting by the whole staff. Cook was lured to IU by a persistent Noah Joseph IU’s safety coach. Damn good job by Noah particularly since the Maryland lead recruiter who got JC to commit in June is ex-NFLer Keenan McCardell and he and Cook’s Father played together in the NFL.
    Again good job recruiting but all made sobering when you consider IU’s highest ranked recruit(Green)for 2015 is #533 on 24/7 Sports list. Lots of improvement to be had.

  3. In my excitement over young Mister Cook’s commitment, I moved National Signing Day ahead by 48 hours in my first post. GO HOOSIERS!!!

  4. Any time we’re getting young men to commit over schools like Maryland, ASU, Colorado State, etc., it is much better than winning them from Akron, Miami of Ohio, and Ohio University, as was the case not too long ago. I believe that if Wilson leads his 2015 team to a bowl game, we’ll start to see even higher rated players committing to IU in the immediate future. But 2015 is essential for Wilson’s future and the future of his program.

  5. just winning a Bowl game will not get you better recruits, putting players in the NFL (professional level) or developing players get you better recruits/players….no recruits comes to the school just to go to a bowl game, they come to try an reach their potential and goal of playing a professional sports…..that is why so many of the better football players go to the SEC…you get better television exposures, maybe/sometimes better competition and the best chance of going pro…..that said…i do like the way Coach Wilson is building the Indiana football program…..if he continues to get the players/recruits Indiana football program will make strides…….you must take baby steps (this program was at the bottom of the BIG 10, somewhat still is..but at least we have a higher expectation) before you grow!!!!!!! Great job of recruiting Coach Wilson.

  6. 79,

    Last night in the Super Bowl, the Big Ten had more players than the Pac 12 and SEC. Also, there were no 5 star recruits that started. I disagree with you on the bowl game. With the momentum Wilson has recruiting, if he went to a bowl and actually won, recruits would be more likely to come. That is just my opinion.

  7. Mine too J Pat, or at least makes things more positive for recruits who do wish to commit to winning programs. Getting the higher ranked Indiana HS players would become possible and doing so probably the 1st indication of an uptick in recruiting.

  8. Right now IU’s current recruiting class is ranked 6th in the Big Ten and around 50 nationally, whatever that is worth. That would be 3 pretty good recruiting classes in a row. Again, I take a lot of these rankings with a little skepticism. It is all about player development once they get here. You can have a 3 star recruit become a stud and a 5 star recruit be a wash out. It happens.

  9. Yes, it does happen. However, play the percentages. That is kind of what theory bb program is or has implemented. Not a good theory.

  10. By that way of thinking give me 5 stars and then they can develop into 6 or 7 star lottery picks.

  11. #23 RB Devonte Williams has de-committed from Marshal and committed to IU. 2 to go.

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