Tale of the Tape: Mike Cook Part 2

Game Tape Evaluation of San Clemente QB



Name: Mike Cook

Position: QB

School: San Clemente HS (San Clemente, CA)

Stats: Junior Year- 105 of 175 (60%) for 1,291, 9TDs and 6 INTs 527 yards rushing and 4 TDs. Senior Year (7 Games) - 80 of 132 (61%) for 1120 yards, 12 TDs and 4 INTs. 233 yards rushing and 5 TDs.

Honors: Honorable Mention All League as a Junior.

Height: 6'2  Weight: 190  40: 4.65  (All from Scout.com Combine in LA)

Bench: 270  Squat: 320  Clean: 275


Breakdown: (10 minute highlight and 1 full game)


I first received a highlight tape of Mike and I feel that a true evaluation cannot be done from a highlight film. So I requested a full game to be sent and this is my evaluation based on both the highlight tape and full game.


There are two things that stand out to me when evaluating Cook. The first thing that stands out to me on film is his speed. He is a mobile QB who plays mainly out of the shotgun. He rolls out a lot to utilize his speed. What impresses me is his accuracy. It is tough to complete 61% of your passes especially coming from a QB who rarely sits in the pocket. His size/speed combo show intangibles that many college coaches look for. Every college coach is looking for big kids that can run


The second thing that stands out about Cook is his intellect. Mike boasts nearly a 4.0 GPA and his coach relies on his intelligence greatly. San Clemente runs a lot of no huddle shotgun and runs more formations and motions than any other team I have seen on film this year. You need a smart QB to implement an offense such as this. His high GPA is also desirable to colleges for a number of reasons. One, they know they will never have to worry if he will be eligible to play and second it shows hardwork and dedication in the classroom and that often times means you will get a kid that will work hard on the field.


Now to his mechanics. I would say that Mike is good but not great at a lot of things fundamentally. I think he throws a decent ball, has decent arm strength and a good throwing motion. He has a pretty quick release and shows solid footwork and mechanics. I would like to see him go through his passing progressions a little better as he is quick to tuck the ball and run.


Bottom Line:


Cook currently has offers from Cornell and the University of San Diego, both 1AA schools with solid academic reputations. I think this level of play suits him well. I would not be surprised to see more Ivy League and Patriot League schools jump into the recruiting process.  USD is one of the top ranked 1AA programs and is coached by former NFL head coach Jim Harbaugh and this might be a good fit for him.


I also think it is possible that Cook could be asked to move to the secondary. He has very good speed and is reportedly up to 205. He showed good toughness on tape and I don't think this transition is out of the question.


Anyone wishing to have their video evaluated may email jeff@24-7football.com.

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