For as long as he can remember, Drew Cook has wanted to be an Iowa football player.
His goal was to earn a scholarship, partly so he could follow in his father’s footsteps, but also because he loves being a Hawkeye as a life-long Iowa City resident.
Cook, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound all-state junior quarterback from Iowa City Regina, has achieved that goal. He told the the Iowa City Press-Citizen on Wednesday night that he has committed to Iowa after being offered a scholarship from Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz about two weeks ago.
Cook waited until the end of basketball season to go public with the news. His basketball season ended Tuesday with a 73-63 loss to Mount Vernon in a Class 2A district final in which he scored 22 points.
“I’m proud of my dad and all he did there, but my love for the Hawks is based on personal experiences I’ve had growing up and going to all the football games,” Drew said in a telephone interview.
Cook’s commitment comes approximately 30 years after his father made the same decision under similar circumstances. Marv Cook also was a standout quarterback in high school for West Branch when he picked the Hawkeyes. Marv gave quarterback a shot at Iowa, but switched to tight end in hopes of playing sooner, and the move changed his life dramatically.
Marv Cook went on to become a consensus all-America tight end under Hayden Fry at Iowa before playing seven seasons in the NFL. Marv is now the football coach at Regina, where he and his staff of mostly former Iowa football players have built a dynasty with the state’s longest winning streak at 60 games.
Drew Cook finished with more than 3,000 total yards as a junior last season while leading Regina to its fourth consecutive state title and a 14-0 record. He accumulated those numbers despite playing sparingly in the fourth quarter of several games in which Regina held a commanding lead.
Drew Cook said his preference would be to play quarterback at Iowa, although he and Ferentz didn’t discuss his position during the meeting in which Drew committed.
“Honestly, we didn’t really even talk about it,” Drew Cook said. “I heard him say he wants me to be a Hawkeye, and all the coaches as well. I just said I wanted to be a Hawk, too.
“I’ve only played 14 varsity games and I have a lot of development left, definitely, and we need to talk about that. But I’d love to start at quarterback and see what I can do there.”
Marv Cook said he’s happy to see his oldest of two sons achieve a life-long goal.
“I want our kids to go out and strive for their dreams, to work hard, and try to make them come true,” Marv Cook said. “Being a part of the Hawkeyes is something he’s always wanted, and we’re just extremely happy for him.”
Drew Cook said Ferentz made the scholarship offer during a meeting in the coach’s office about two weeks ago. Marv Cook also was present at the meeting.
Drew committed on the spot.
“I was just really excited,” Drew said. I’m definitely humbled by it.”
Drew Cook is the third player to commit to Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class and the second quarterback.
Jack Beneventi, a 6-foot-6, 185-pound four-star quarterback from the Chicago area committed to Iowa in December. However, Beneventi is now exploring his options, he told HawkeyeInsider.com, in response to West Des Moines Dowling junior quarterback Ryan Boyle recently receiving a scholarship from Iowa.
Boyle hasn’t committed to Iowa, but his scholarship offer was enough to cause Beneventi to re-open his recruitment. Beneventi now also has Drew Cook’s commitment to consider.
Verbal commitments aren’t binding until a recruit signs a national letter of intent during February of his or her high school senior year. That’s nearly a year from now for Cook’s class.
Drew Cook said he isn’t concerned about Iowa already having a quarterback in his recruiting class.
“I just wanted to be a Hawkeye,” he said. “And wherever you go, there is going to be a ton of people competing for a position.”
Drew said he waited to go public with his commitment until basketball season was over because he didn’t want to be a distraction. He led Regina to a 19-4 season while averaging 25 points per game.
“I just really wanted to stay focused on the basketball season because we wanted to make a big run,” Drew said. “We had a great season. You can’t take any credit away from that.”
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