September 8, 2010
Cook off to strong start
Michigan State quarterback commitment Connor Cook of Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio off to a solid start to his senior season. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-4, 205-pound signal-caller and got some details about his play and his thoughts on the Michigan State recruiting class of 2011.Cook was a finalist for the Elite 11 camp, but rather than go out to the Las Vegas Camp to compete for the final spots he opted to come to Michigan State's Camp to work with his position coach and throw passes to other top recruits.
Cook and his Walsh Jesuit team are off to a 2-0 start and Cook's play is a big reason why. Based on SpartanMag.com statistics, Cook has completed 26 of 47 passes for 322-yards and 2 touchdowns. Many are thinking that this season could be a special one for the Warriors who last won the Ohio State Championship back in 1999.
Prior to this year Cook was flying under the radar a bit due to Walsh Jesuit not featuring the passing game. Through two games this fall Cook is averaging over 20 attempts per game. Walsh Jesuit Head Coach Gerry Rardin is utilizing Cook's skills as a passer to give the Warriors a very balanced offensive attack.
SpartanMag.com asked Cook about the first few games.
"The team is looking great," he stated. "We just beat are arch rival Archbishop Hoban last weekend. Our defense has really stepped up and they have put our offense in good situations. The offense has been executing really well and we have two of the best kickers/punters in the area so that makes everything a little easier."
As would be expected, Cook has been paying close attention to the recruiting efforts of Michigan State and he gave us some thoughts on the Spartan class.
"I really like the 2011 class we are bringing in. I know we just got some great offensive line commitments and we have a lot of solid defenders as well. I am really excited about being a part of a great class."
Cook's commitment to Michigan State helped get the recruiting momentum rolling earlier this spring and he has been doing his part to try and keep it going. Cook routinely is in contact with several current Michigan State commitments and he has also been in contact with a few other players the Spartan staff would like to see end up in Green and White. Cook is also looking forward to being on campus again in the near future so he can interact with his future teammates.
"I will be back up at Michigan State for the Notre Dame game," he said. "I try and keep in-touch with a few guys like DeAnthony Arnett, Doran Grant and Aundrey Walker."
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow Cook's progress throughout his senior year. Walsh Jesuit has a proud football history and Cook is hoping that he can help add to that outstanding legacy.
A few facts interesting facts:
One of Cook's coaches at Walsh Jesuit High School is former Michigan State quarterback Dan Larlham. Larlham signed with the Spartans back in 1998 and was impressive in his brief time in East Lansing. Larlham transferred to Baldwin -Wallace and was a record setting quarterback there.
Cook's sister Jackie plays basketball of Old Dominion University. The Lady Monarchs are one of the most storied programs in women's; basketball. Jackie was a McDonald's All-American nominee.
Cook indicated that two of the players who were trying to sack him last weekend are being recruited by Michigan State. Archbishop Hoban defensive ends Greg McMullen and LaTroy Lewis are on the Spartan's recruiting radar.
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