Commitment Spotlight- '19 Harrison Cook, RHP, Cedar Rapids Prairie

By Rob Allison
Prep Baseball Report Iowa

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Harrison Cook

Class of 2019 / RHP

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2019
  • Primary Position: RHP
    Secondary Position: 1B
  • High School: Cedar Rapids Prairie
    State: IA
  • Summer Team: Reds Scout Team
  • Height: 6-5
    Weight: 200lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R


Max FB
88 - 90
76 - 78
82 - 85
Max FB
88 - 90
77 - 78
82 - 85
INF Velo
Exit Velo


PBR:  Why did you choose the University of Kentucky?
COOK: Kentucky had all the right pieces for me, the coaching staff is second to none in my opinion, and it really feels like a family. I know that I will have the best opportunity to make it to the next level when playing baseball in the SEC. I loved everything about it and Lexington is a great place to be.           

PBR:  What other schools were you considering as you neared your decision?
COOK: Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska.   

PBR:  Where did they first see you? How did your relationship develop with the coaching staff?
COOK: They first saw me in Fort Myers at the WWBA Underclass World Championship. Two weeks later Coach Belanger came and saw me throw in Jupiter. From there I called him and planned to go to a basketball game for a visit. He watched me a couple more times at the PBR Future Games and then last weekend I went to a football game.  

PBR: What role do you expect to play your first year on campus?
COOK: My role will vary on my development from this point.  

PBR: Who has had the biggest impact on you as a baseball player?
COOK: Mike Russ. I have worked with him for 5 years now and he has helped me immensely in pitching. 

PBR: What have you worked on/improved since last year?
COOK: Moving better on the mound and becoming more fluid, as well as my lower half moving down the mound better.   

PBR: Who is the best player that you have played against or with?
COOK: I have been fortunate enough the play with and against some of the best players in the nation.  However Bobby Witt Jr. is the best player that I have played with and against.  

PBR:  What are your thoughts on the recruiting process? Any advice for younger players who have the desire to play college baseball.
COOK: The recruiting process depends on the opportunities you take advantage of, get to events and get exposure. Communicate as much as you can with coaches. My advice for young players wanting to play college baseball is work hard and you will get what you deserve.