Cook's Night Cut Short

Michigan State verbal pledge Connor Cook saw his trip to Cincinnati (Ohio) to play LaSalle High School end right before the half. Cook, who early in the game had seen a pass intercepted, fought back and led his Walsh Jesuit team down the field before scoring on a run play from six yards out.

However, during the drive, Cook had been tackled hard on the sidelines and the momentum carried him and the defender to the ground off the field and onto a running track where Cook hit his head.

While Cook stayed in the game and would score a few plays later, team doctors found him to be a little loss and made the decision to hold him out of the game.

Connor Cook has been one of the players many in the recruiting world wanted to see more production from. Scout.com has him ranked as a 2-star prospect and the #69 quarterback in the country. While Connor has enjoyed success at several camps, we wanted to see him on the field in game action.

Here is a breakdown from what we saw on Friday night.

What To Like

Connor Cook has the physical size you want to see from a future Division One quarterback. His arm strength is above average as he is able to hit the outs as well as go deep. While he is not a running quarterback, he has good mobility and can roll the pocket if needed.

What May Concern You

The biggest thing against Connor from those who have looked at film or watched in person has been the number of turnovers. Friday night he had an early interception, however, while it will go down on the stat sheet as a negative, the plays failure was really based on the play of the wide receiver. The ball was thrown to the right spot but the receiver sat on his route when he was to come back to the ball.

Overall

I have no problem saying Connor Cook deserves to be at least a 3-star prospect. After watching two quarters of his team's play you see several things I feel has made Connor look like a lower prospect. With his biggest receiver standing about 5-foot-8, Cook has no real deep threats nor does his team look to stretch the field vertically. Play calling is very basic and top-level teams have no problem making early adjustments to prevent Cook's team from having success. Better coaching at the next level and a chance to throw the ball to legit receivers will cure a lot of knocks against Connor. I feel his best football is ahead of him at the college level.


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