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Walker's Jalen Cook makes the layup against Ouachita Parish during the LHSAA Marsh Madness Class 5A Semi-Final at Burton Coliseum in Lake Charles, Louisiana on Thursday, March7, 2019. (Dennis Babineaux/Special to the American Press)

Walker High School's Jalen Cook is a two-sport athlete with multiple options. The 6-foot senior-to-be cleared up a major question about his future by committing to play basketball at LSU on Tuesday night.

A photo of Cook in an LSU uniform with the large word "committed" in the background posted on Twitter told the story as he became LSU's second commitment for 2020, three months after sweeping Louisiana's top high school basketball awards. He also is a notable football recruit.

"The LSU coaches have been with me and talking to me since I was a freshman," Cook said. "They have always been straight with me. I knew LSU was where I wanted to play.

"I grew up being an LSU fan for basketball and football. I watched Jarell Martin and Ben Simmons in basketball. This is my home and I love it here. Why would I want to leave?"

He can officially put his name to a national letter of intent during the early one-week signing period that begins Nov. 13.

Cook said his other finalists were Houston and Georgetown. He is a three-star basketball recruit and the No. 22 point guard in the class of 2020, according to 247sports.

Cook helped Walker to a Class 5A title as a sophomore and then enjoyed a breakout year in 2018-19. He averaged 29.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 2.8 steals for a Wildcats team that finished as the Class 5A runner-up.

He is listed as Louisiana's No. 2 prospect for 2020 behind point guard and Virginia commitment Reece Beekman of Scotlandville.

After the season, Cook was voted The Advocate's All-Metro and Class 5A MVP. He also won won the Farm Bureau/Mr. Basketball and USA Today Louisiana Player of the Year awards. The year ended with Cook being selected as a finalist for The Advocate's Athlete of the Year honor.

Cook also is a three-star football prospect as a wide receiver and rated No. 22 among Louisiana's top 2020 football prospects.

Cook said he plans to play both sports at Walker as a senior. He is the Tigers' first basketball commitment from a Livingston Parish school since Denham Springs star Tasmin Mitchell signed with the Tigers in 2005. Mitchell, now an assistant for LSU's Will Wade, had a hand in recruiting Cook.

The LSU basketball program received its first commitment earlier this month from two-sport star Jordan Toles of Maryland.

Toles, a combo guard in basketball, is also a safety who also plans to play football for the Tigers.

The news of Cook's commitment also came one day after 247Sports' Billy Embody reported that LSU has offered two elite point guards for the 2021 recruiting class.

Saturday was the first day schools could contact rising juniors, a class that includes five-star prospect Zion Harmon of Benton (Kentucky) Marshall County and four-star Daeshun Ruffin of Jackson (Mississippi) Callaway High.

Harmon, the No. 1 player in Kentucky, is the nation's second-ranked point guard on the 247Sports composite listing. He is the 19th overall prospect in the 2021 class.

Ruffin is the 73rd overall prospect on the 247Sports composite rankings. He's listed as the seventh point guard in the nation and the top player in Mississippi. He committed to Auburn on June 3, then decommitted on June 14.

Sheldon Mickles contributed to this report.


Email Robin Fambrough at rfambrough@theadvocate.com