The recruiting landscape has changed in recent years and it seems more college coaches are putting a premium on having at least one or two large wide receivers on their team. We caught up with one former Palmetto State prospect wide receiver Kenny Cook who starred at Clinton High during their 3A state championship season a few years ago. Cook is currently at Garden City Junior College and has a couple of offers in hand and has a number of D1 suitors showing plenty of interest.
"I graduate from Garden City In December so I'm eligible to enroll in a different school for the spring semester."
"In the spring I heard from Ole Miss, Arkansas, Indiana, Minnesota, Louisiana Tech, Kansas State, Gardner-Webb, Western Illinois, and Illinois State. Lately I've been getting a lot of letters from Kansas State and Arkansas and get weekly phone calls from Western Illinois and Gardner Webb."
Cook currently holds offers from Gardner-Webb and Western Illinois.
"I really don't know too much about each school. I just know that they operate out of the spread and throw the ball all over the field."
As for other offers Cook says he's uncertain as to who else may be close to pulling the trigger with an offer. He says he just starting sending out midseason film to schools.
"So far this season I have 21 catches for 300 yards and 1 touchdown. We're 1-6 right now but we've lost a lot of close games this year."
Cook was named one of the team's top offensive prospects during the spring. He says that he knows where his strengths are currently and that things have started to flourish for him since he graduated from Clinton after winning a state title.
"I'm a very physical wide receiver with my size and love the deep balls and jump balls. My route running has gotten a lot better because I was a two way player at Clinton so now I'm focused on one position and getting better everyday."
The Garden City standout says he wants to continue to work on getting in and out of his cuts to help improve his skills at wideout.
Cook having had to take the JUCO route understands the importance of being able to reach the next level not only to continue his football career but to obtain the ultimate goal, his college degree.
"I just want to go to a good program who going to give me a chance to play and that throws the ball. Somewhere I can relate to the coaches on the staff. The location doesn't matter either because at the end of the day its all about a free education for my family and future."
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...KENNY COOK
Bench press: 275 pounds
Squat: 370 pounds
Power clean: 260 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.5 seconds