Ohio QB Contacted By Duke

Walsh Jesuit (OH) quarterback Connor Cook might not be getting the attention that some other signal-callers in Ohio are receiving, but he is starting to attract recruiting attention. Cook has seen interest rise in the past few months, as his film has been distributed to college coaches.

Connor Cook, Walsh Jesuit (OH), had a fine junior season in 2009, and is starting to hit the radar of college coaches. Cook completed nearly 70% of his passes, throwing for over 800 yards and 14 touchdowns.

"I think I did pretty well last year, and it was my first as a starter," Cook said of his 2009 season. "I think I grew a lot as a quarterback, as far as reading defenses, and learning where to go with the football. I'm working hard right now, watching film with my coach, to get better."

An impressive performance at the Junior Combine in San Antonio led to recent attention from college recruiters, and his film has been requested often.

"I had a great time in San Antonio, and I've never seen so many fast receivers before," he stated. "It was great being around all that talent. I ran one of the fastest times for the quarterbacks, a 4.6, and tested well in everything. I did alright in the one-on-one's, and it took getting used to the overall talent."

"I need to improve on accuracy and location, like most quarterbacks," he stressed. "The mental part of the game is where quarterbacks always need to get better, at every level. I really want to improve as a player, on a daily basis."

Cook, 6-foot-5, 200-pounds, will be visiting Michigan State on February 21st, and is also in the process of setting up a visit to Duke.

"I'm going to Michigan State this weekend, and I'm excited about that," he said. "I know they've offered two Ohio quarterbacks already, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller. They said they want to see me in person, so I'm happy to go there."

"Duke contacted me Thursday after school, out of the blue," he said. "They called my head coach, and told him to have me call. They had just seen my film, and they want to see me in person, as well. They said they're interested, because of my arm strength, and my athleticism. They also asked for my transcript to be faxed to them, and my school did that. I have also been invited to Cincinnati's junior day, and I plan on going there."

Several MAC schools have also been in contact, but not the two schools located within miles of his high school, Kent State or Akron.

"I haven't heard from Kent State or Akron, and that's surprising," Cook said. "I am hearing from Ohio, Bowling Green and Toledo, and I like MAC a lot. They really throw the football a lot, and they put quarterbacks in the NFL."

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