Cook Prefers the Pac-12

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tight end Joshua Cook is hoping to stay in the Pac-12 to play college football...

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei tight end Joshua Cook (6-4, 225), was overlooked at times last year on a Monarch team that featured UnderArmour All-American Max Wittek at quarterback and U.S. Army All-American receiver Victor Blackwell.

But with both Wittek and Blackwell graduating and going to USC, whoever takes over the quarterback duties for Mater Dei will have a reliable target in Cook.

"Every school is recruiting me as a tight end, and I think I'll start getting offers when schools come by and see me in spring ball," said Cook.

Some of the schools that Cook has heard from include Arkansas, Oregon State, USC, Colorado, Arizona, Nebraska and UCLA.

"I think Nebraska or Arizona is the closest to offering me," said Cook. "I'm just staying patient and I think things will pick up this spring."

Cook has taken an unofficial to USC already and to Arizona for their spring game and has also been to UCLA.

"I think I want to stay in the Pac-12 to play in college," said Cook.

Cook also plays basketball for the Monarchs, and helped them win a CIF State title this past March, but said his future is on the gridiron.

"I mostly want to focus on football number one," said Cook.

Last fall, Cook had 20 receptions for 263 yards and two touchdowns as a junior at Mater Dei.

Academically, he has a 3.0 and will take the SAT in May.


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