- Josh Moyer, ESPN Staff Writer
Safety Malcolm Cook (Fork Union, Va./Fork Union Military Academy) remains committed to Virginia, but he said he plans to "shop around" before signing day.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound prospect will take an official visit to Virginia on Jan. 18 before visiting Virginia Tech a week later. Cook is also in the midst of scheduling an official to Wake Forest, and he's also considering trips to Syracuse and TCU.
"I'm going to go to those schools and shop around, but right now I'm committed to Virginia and [head coach] Mike London," he said. "I want to see what those places have to offer. I don't think that'll change my mind -- I don't think there's really anything that could change my mind -- but I just want to see."
Cook also said he's also no longer considering Penn State, which paid him a visit in early December. The safety said he enjoyed tagging along with FUMA teammate Christian Hackenberg to see a PSU game, but he said the Nittany Lions just came in too late.
The sanctions also played a role, he said.
"They were going to offer, but I pulled back," he added. "I bailed out because it was too late basically, and I was just like, 'We'll have to let it go.'"
Cook was inundated with phone calls and messages shortly after on Dec. 2, when Virginia fired four assistants including defensive coordinator Jim Reid, who first recruited Cook as a sophomore. Penn State was among the schools to pounce on Cook, but the safety said his knee-jerk reaction to the news -- that a commitment elsewhere was more of a possibility -- has since calmed.
Cavs safeties coach Anthony Poindexter spoke with Cook at length about the business of college football, and Cook said that conversation helped put the moves into perspective.
"That hit me," he said. "It's a business. So at the end of the day, you're going to have to live with it.
"As of right now, I'm staying committed to Virginia and I'm a Wahoo. I'm just going to look at what's there, and it's got to be something big for me to up and go decommit."
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