February 21, 2010

Spartans take lead in Cook's recruitment

Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) Walsh Jesuit quarterback Connor Cook was one of several junior day visitors on Michigan State's campus Sunday, and he left East Lansing happy about where he stands with the Spartans.

"The junior day went great. I showed up about 11 a.m. or so and met with Coach (Pat) Narduzzi right away. Right when we sat down he just said, 'We really love you. We got a chance to watch your tape. All the coaches and all the staff are really impressed with you and we want to offer you a full scholarship,'" Cook told SpartanMag.com Sunday evening.

"I got my first offer from Michigan State. I'm really stoked about it, really pumped. Then I went along to the basketball game, had a great time there, unfortunately Michigan State lost. I talked to Coach (Mark) Dantonio on the phone. I don't know if he knew Coach Narduzzi offered me right away, because I talked to him at halftime and he said, 'We really like you. We want to offer you a scholarship.' So I don't know if he Narduzzi was supposed to. When Narduzzi did it he was really, really excited."

The offer puts the Spartans in good position to land Cook when he makes his college decision, though he has plenty of research ahead of him before his recruitment ends.

"It does put Michigan State on top of my list, but I'm also going to have a balanced perspective though the recruiting process," Cook said, adding that he's fan a fan of MSU's pro-style offense, which is similar to what he runs at his school. "I'm going to give everyone else a chance, take other visits other places. But I do really like the Spartans at this point."

In fact, Cook indicated he was high on the Spartans way before being offered, or even stepping on campus. His first time in East Lansing was this past fall on an unofficial visit during the Michigan game.

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