Spotlight Class of 2011: Connor Cook

Compare the thoughts of Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio and Spartan Digest.

Connor Cook - Quarterback

HT: 6-FOOT-3 / WT: 197-POUNDS

When looking at Connor Cook some will say the Spartans acted too fast in giving him an offer and accepting his commitment. However, having followed Mark Dantonio's recruiting practices since the Class of 2005, I see why the Spartans went after the Ohio native as he fits the mold of what the Spartan staff looks for in a signal caller. Keep in mind some questioned the signing of Kirk Cousins just a few years ago.

Mark Dantonio Says: "Connor comes from an outstanding program in Walsh Jesuit. He has excellent running ability, along with a great arm and accuracy. We really liked what we saw from him in camp this year and also when we saw in play in 2010. Connor makes great decisions down field and will be a quarterback of the future. He's an outstanding young man and shows excellent leadership ability, which will serve him well as a quarterback at MSU."

Spartan Digest Says: Connor is a great example of film, on-field performance, and future success are a mixed bag of tricks. If you watch his film you will find a quarterback capable of making all the throws. If you watch him live, you may come away asking why a college recruited him. However, when you look at all the physical tools and take into account offensive system played in at high school and talent around him, you can see why many feel Cook may be the sleeper in the Spartans recruiting class.

We have issued Connor a 5-Star rating of importance because of the following. Kirk Cousins is heading into his final season. Andrew Maxwell is the back-up to Cousins and after that questions have to be asked. It is very important for the long-term success of the Spartans football program that Cook becomes the player the Spartans staff feels he can become.

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