March 15, 2010

Cook seeing stock rise

A few weeks ago Michigan State became the first team to offer Akron Walsh Jesuit Quarterback Connor Cook a scholarship. Since that time several other teams have decided to turn up the heat on his recruitment. SpartanMag.com caught up with the Ohio signal-caller and got the latest on his recruitment.

Back in February Cook attended a Michigan State Junior Day function. At the event, Cook learned that the Spartans were offering him a full scholarship. The offer was the first of what will likely be many for the 6-foot-4, 195-pound prospect. Cook gave us some insight on what has been going on since that time.

"Last week I talked with the Head Coach at Miami (OH) and he offered me a scholarship," Cook said. "It has been getting real busy; I have been getting lots of invitations. I have been invited to junior days at Notre Dame, UConn, Cincinnati, Duke, USF and Michigan. I went down to Cincinnati for a visit. It was not a junior day, but my mom, dad and I spent the whole day down there with Coach Mahoney and Coach Bajakian getting a tour of the facilities and seeing what UC has to offer."

It is no surprise that Cook's recruiting stock is on the rise. The people that Spartanmag.com has spoken with in Ohio have indicated that they expect Cook to really impress people this spring and summer at the camp she attends and he will show that he is as good as any of the pro-style quarterbacks in the Buckeye State. In addition, usually when Coach Dantonio offers and Ohio player, other teams take notice. Other coaches trust the evaluation skills of a staff that has strong Ohio connections.

Cook's primary recruiter from Michigan State is Coach Pat Narduzzi and they do keep in contact. Cook informed SpartanMag.com that he will be making his way back up to East Lansing.

"I am heading up to Michigan State on the 23rd of March to catch the first spring practice," Cook stated. "I I think I am going to go to one of Cincinnati's practices as well. I might also go down to Duke to visit there and see a practice too. I have not made any plans to hit other junior days, but it is still up for discussion."

The spring time is when quarterbacks often see their stock rise or fall the most. There are a multitude of camps and combines they can attend and that is where many scouts get a close look at them. The NIKE/Elite 11 Camps are one of the top evaluation tool and individual team camps also serve well.

Andrew Maxwell used the Nike/Elite 11 Camp to go form an unknown Spartan commitment to and Elite 11 quarterback. Last year Ohio State commitment Taylor Graham used camps at Michigan State, Wisconsin and Ohio State and to grab scholarships and improve his stock.

Michigan State is certainly sitting in a good spot with Cook at this time. The last Ohio quarterback the Michigan State got the jump on everyone by offering early was Brian Hoyer of Cleveland St Ignatius. All he did, was throw for over 5000-yards for Michigan State and lead the team to a New Years Bowl on his way to the NFL. Spartans fans would be thrilled if Cook followed a similar path.




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