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Analyst: Iowa commit Drew Cook could make a good college QB

[ 0 ] February 27, 2014 |

Veteran recruiting analyst Tom Lemming has a message for those who assume Iowa City Regina quarterback Drew Cook will play a different position for the Iowa football team.

“You never assume anything like that,” said Lemming, who has worked as a college football recruiting analyst since the late 1970s. “You always start them out as a quarterback. He’ll prove to be either a quarterback or he’ll know after one year if he wants to switch.”

The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Cook said Wednesday night he has committed to Iowa after being offered a scholarship from coach Kirk Ferentz about two weeks ago.

Iowa City Regina quarterback Drew Cook committed to Iowa this week. (Press-Citizen file photo)

Iowa City Regina quarterback Drew Cook committed to Iowa this week. (Press-Citizen file photo)

Cook finished with more than 3,000 total yards as a junior this past season while leading Regina to a fourth consecutive state title and a 14-0 record. Cook is being recruited as an athlete, but he wants to play quarterback for Iowa and has been told that he will have a chance to compete at that position.

Lemming said it’s hard to evaluate Cook as anything but a quarterback.

“I’ve never seen him anywhere else, so I have to see him as a quarterback,” Lemming said. “He’s 6-5. He’s got a good arm and he can run.”

There is speculation Cook will switch to tight end at Iowa and follow in his father’s famous footsteps. Marv Cook was a standout quarterback for West Branch High School, but switched to tight end at Iowa, where he became a consensus all-American as a senior in 1988 before playing seven seasons in the NFL.

Marv Cook is now the football coach at Regina, which currently has the state’s longest winning streak at 60 games. Marv used his son almost exclusively at quarterback last season and Marv believes that Drew is just tapping his potential at that position.

Lemming compared Drew Cook’s situation to what Teddy Bridgewater experienced while being recruited by Miami four years ago. Bridgewater played quarterback in high school, but many had him pegged as a receiver in college.

He first committed to Miami but switched to Louisville, where he went on to become a star quarterback. Bridgewater is considered one of the top quarterback prospects heading into the 2014 NFL draft in April.

“When I went down and saw Teddy I thought he would stay at quarterback, but everybody started telling me that he was definitely not a quarterback,” Lemming said. “He was committed to Miami, if you remember, as an athlete. This was the old (Miami) coach, Randy Shannon. They were going to move him to wide receiver because they didn’t think he had what it takes, and now look at him.”

Lemming recently met Drew Cook in person and has evaluated him on tape. Lemming also is familiar with Iowa quarterback recruit and fellow Chicago-area resident Jack Beneventi, who is a junior at Benet Academy in Lisle, Ill.

Beneventi committed to Iowa in December but is now exploring other options, he told HawkeyeInsider.com in response to Iowa recently offering a scholarship to West Des Moines Dowling Catholic junior quarterback Ryan Boyle. Boyle didn’t commit to Iowa, but his offer was enough to cause Beneventi to re-open his recruitment.

Beneventi now has Cook’s commitment to consider.

“All of them are good,” Lemming said. “Iowa can’t go wrong taking two of the three.

“What I see on the film of Cook is very good athletic ability. Not that he’s ready yet, but the way Iowa does a great job of developing players, he would benefit from a redshirt year. Boyle is also pretty good on film, too. He can run and throw.”

Beneventi at 6-6 and 185 pounds is considered more of a pocket passer, whereas Cook and the 6-2 Boyle are dual-threat quarterbacks. Beneventi is ranked the highest among the three quarterbacks as a four-star prospect, but Lemming likes Cook’s upside.

Cook also averaged 25 points per game for the 19-4 Regina basketball team this season.

“I think he has as much potential as Beneventi as a quarterback and Boyle, who’s a runner, because (Cook) is a tall, athletic kid,” Lemming said. “And, obviously, he has the production. What I liked about him is he’s already a smart kid. He doesn’t force the ball. He’s a very good basketball player. He’s a good all-around athlete. And those kinds of guys can become a great quarterback if Iowa has the patience to allow him to be one.”

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About Pat Harty: Columnist Pat Harty has been covering the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Press-Citizen since 1991. Originally from Des Moines, he currently writes columns and covers Hawkeye men's basketball for Hawk Central. View author profile.

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