Brandin Cooks discusses decision to turn pro

Dec 24, 2013; Honolulu, HI, USA; Oregon State Beavers wide receiver Brandin Cooks (7) runs past Boise State Broncos defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (8) during the 2nd quarter of the 2013 Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marco Garcia-USA TODAY Sports

As was reported earlier in the day, Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks, the winner of the 2013 Biletnikoff Award, announced that he’ll be entering the 2014 NFL Draft.

Cooks, undoubtedly one of the best receivers in OSU history, held a press conference in the afternoon to discuss his decision. Cooks said:

It’s a great day. It’s been my dream my whole life, ever since I knew what the NFL was. But it’s also a sad day, because I’m leaving behind a bunch of good people: my friends and teammates who mean the world to me, and the coaching staff that means the world to me, who shaped me into the player I am today (The Oregonian).

He added:

[The coaches] didn’t try to sway me either way. They were a great support through this process, just like they’ve been the entire time I’ve been here. They’re like another family.

Storm Woods, OSU’s running back, told reporters that he cried “happy tears” when he learned Cooks would be leaving:

I’m going to miss him because that’s my best friend, my brother, but they were happy tears because where he came from and what he’s done, it’s perfect. What more could he do?

Cooks is considered one of the top prospects at his position.

[Source: The Oregonian]

Topics: Brandin Cooks, Oregon State Beavers

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