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ESPN ranks Cook among top-300 prospects

[ 0 ] April 17, 2014 |

Drew Cook proved last season as the quarterback for the undefeated Iowa City Regina football team that he was among the top high school players in Iowa.

ESPN.com ranks him even higher than that.

It ranks Cook, who is committed to Iowa, as the 281st best prospect nationally in the 2015 senior class. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Cook is the only player from Iowa to be ranked among the top 300 prospects. He is also one of just 11 players from eight Midwestern states to make the list.

Regina QB Drew Cook nearly grabs an interception on defense during the Regals Class 1A Iowa State Championship game against Fort Dodge St. Edmund in Cedar Falls on Friday, November 22, 2013. Benjamin Roberts / Iowa City Press-Citizen

Regina QB Drew Cook nearly grabs an interception on defense during the Regals Class 1A Iowa State Championship game against Fort Dodge St. Edmund in Cedar Falls on Friday, November 22, 2013. Benjamin Roberts / Iowa City Press-Citizen

“Our student-athletes are dedicated and work very hard, so anytime that they get recognition for their efforts we are very pleased,” said Drew Cook’s father Marv Cook, who is also the football coach at Regina. “Drew, along with his teammates, are taking advantage of the offseason to attend camps, participate in strength and speed development, as well as participating in other sports in order to continue to improve.”

Drew Cook is coming off a junior season in which he led Regina to the Class 1A title and to a 14-0 record while compiling more than 3,000 total yards. He also averaged 25 points per game for the Regina basketball team that finished 19-4 last season.

ESPN lists Cook as a four-star recruit and under the category of athlete. However, he would prefer to play quarterback in college, and that’s where he will start his career at Iowa.

Cook’s father was a consensus all-America tight end for Iowa in 1988 and a former NFL all-pro selection. There is speculation Drew Cook will switch to tight end in college if he doesn’t develop as a quarterback.

Florida has the most players in the ESPN top 300 with 49, followed by Texas with 48, Georgia with 35 and California with 32. A total of 33 states were represented, along with one prospect from the District of Columbia.

Drew Cook is among seven players in the 2015 senior class who are committed to Iowa, and one of three who are expected to start their college careers at quarterback. Five of the recruits in Iowa’s 2015 class are from in state, including West Des Moines Dowling quarterback Ryan Boyle.

Iowa also has received a commitment from Illinois high school quarterback Jack Beneventi.

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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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