(Photo Courtesy of Salisbury Lacrosse)
Nick Myers and the Ohio State Buckeyes picked up their 11th commitment in the 2022 class on Friday as Salisbury (Conn.) defenseman Declan Cooke announced that he would be taking his talents to Columbus.
Cooke, who is a native of Rhode Island, also considered Denver before pulling the trigger and verbaling to the Buckeyes.
“I was actually able to visit campus a couple days ago and thought it completely opened my eyes,” Cooke told Lacrosse Bucket in a direct message. “Meeting the coaches and being able to see the campus with my own eyes was a great experience.”
The defenseman helped lead Salisbury to a 7-4 record while serving as one of their top cover guys this past season. “I was tasked with guarding top players in the league and although I was nervous at first but think I stepped up and responded to the challenge well.”
Cooke said that the spring season was definitely different than normal due to restrictions around the Coronavirus. “We had a new head coach, and with the covid rules of boarding school at times it was hard to bond with the team as a whole,” Cooke said “I think I became a better teammate after the season and am still trying to become a better leader.”
Cooke is the second defensive commitment that the Buckeyes have picked up over the past week, following Griffin Liedel out of Hudson (Ohio).