December 6, 2010

Cook excited about the future

Quarterback recruiting is always crucial to future success and Michigan State prioritized Connor Cook of Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio early in the process. Cook saw no reason to wait and jumped at the opportunity to play for the Green and White. SpartanMag.com spoke with him after his official visit.

Last February Cook received his first scholarship offer, from Michigan State University. Normally high school quarterbacks from Ohio receive MAC offers first, followed by maybe some Big East scholarship prior to Big Ten heavyweight programs getting involved. However, the Spartans did their homework and offered Cook prior to many highly thought of signal-callers.

It did not take Cook long to make a decision and he committed to the Spartans around a month later. At the time he committed, he only had offers from Michigan State and Miami of Ohio. Teams like Iowa, Boston College and UConn were showing significant interest, but had yet to pull the trigger on a scholarship.

A few weeks later the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Cook made the Spartan staff look very smart when he was named the top performer at the Elite 11/NIKE Quarterback Camp held in Columbus, Ohio. He followed the up with a stellar senior year for Walsh Jesuit High School. He is currently ranked the #14 pro-style quarterback in the nation for the class of 2011.

Cook was on campus this weekend for his official visits and we asked him about it.

"The weekend was great" Cook said. "I had Andrew Maxwell as my host and he is a super nice guy. I also got a chance to spend a lot of time with Coach (Dan) Warner and that was a lot of fun too."

Cook, who has been to Michigan State numerous times since making his commitment, went on to talk about some of the specific aspects he enjoyed about the weekend.

"I really enjoyed spending time with all of the coaches, he said. I also got to see the Big Ten Championship trophy and that was great. The food that was prepared for us was awesome; everything was top of the line."

Cook's early commitment to Michigan State has allowed the Spartans to sit back and focus on other positions. For his part, Cook has been active in helping the Spartans recruit some other players to East Lansing. SpartanMag.com asked him about spending time with the other committed players and his thoughts about playing for the Green abd White.

"It was just great being up at Michigan State and being able to spend time around everyone," Cook said. "I spent time with all the other recruits. I talked with guys like Doran (Grant) and Aundrey (Walker) and the other recruits as well. Everyone was having a good time. I am really looking forward to getting up to Michigan State, the future is very bright."

With Kirk Cousins returning next year and Andrew Maxwell likely set to replace him after that, Cook realizes that he has plenty of time to improve his skills. Michigan State is in a situation where quarterbacks are allowed to develop and not forced into action prior to being ready. That strategy has allowed players like Drew Stanton and Brian Hoyer to become NFL players, a fact that Cook is certainly aware of.

Look for more on Cook in the near future, SpartanMag.com will have his senior highlights uploaded into rivals.com database in the near future.


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