Connor Cook first said it Thursday morning on The Dan Patrick Show and then repeated it later in the day: The Michigan State junior quarterback intends to be the Michigan State senior quarterback next season.
“That’s the main goal,” he said. “I’ve always talked about it with my parents and stuff. You want to use up all your eligibility. Michigan State is a great place and I’ve had a lot fun and I have a lot of great relationships. You never want to kiss stuff away goodbye. I look at it the same way, graduating high school early to come to school, you only have one prom, you only go to high school once. Well, you only go to college once. That’s how I look at it.
”Things could change if things go really well. I don’t know, but my main goal and my main priority is to use up my years at Michigan State.”
The talk around the Spartans quarterback is that he could be a first-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, a far cry from being in a battle to start at the beginning of the 2013 season.
Some analysts have even pegged Cook as a possible Top 10 pick. He was asked if being a high pick would change his decision.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he said.
His focus remains on this season, he said. Michigan State is 7-1 and has a bye week before hosting Ohio State on Nov. 8.