Notre Dame Defensive Backs Coach Kerry Cooks looks poised to become the Defensive Backs Coach at the University of Oklahoma. The move has not been announced by either school. However, various outlets on both sides are reporting the hire.
Cooks has coached at Notre Dame since Brian Kelly became the Head Coach in 2010. He was named one of the Top 25 best recruiters in college football. Last year, Kerry Cooks pulled Nick Watkins, Grant Blankenship and Kolin Hill away from in-state power Texas.
Why is Cooks making the move to Norman, Oklahoma? There are three possible reasons. First, Kerry Cooks is from Dallas, Texas and he may want to move closer to his hometown. Second, Brian VanGorder may have wanted a DB Coach that fits better into his defensive scheme. Third, Oklahoma can simply pay him a better salary than Notre Dame.
BlueAndGoldIllustrated.com compiled an extensive list (subscription) of candidates to replace Kerry Cooks. Whoever Brian Kelly chooses to succeed Cooks, it will likely be a coach who has a history with Kelly or VanGorder (or both).
Notre Dame will need a coach with an aggressive 4-3 scheme background. Additionally, the coach will need to be a dynamic recruiter. Cooks leaves a giant void on the staff. He may have been the second best recruiter behind Tony Alford.
The shift in staff will not likely affect the 2015 recruiting class. But, if it would, Defensive Backs or players committed from Texas.
Kerry Cooks’ move will likely be announced Wednesday at 3:15 p.m during Brian Kelly’s Signing Day press conference.