Drew Cook didn’t have to think twice.
When Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz offered the Iowa City Regina junior a scholarship a little more than two weeks ago, the son of former Hawkeye all-American Marv Cook accepted immediately and then kept his decision quiet until his high school basketball season ended.
“I’ve been going to games at Kinnick since I was a little kid and to be a Hawkeye, that’s all l’ve ever wanted," Cook said. “I committed before I left coach Ferentz’s office. It was a great day."
Cook quarterbacked Regina to a 14-0 record and an Iowa Class 1A state championship last fall, but the 6-foot-5, 205-pound all-state selection isn’t certain what position Hawkeye coaches have in mind for him.
“It wasn’t something we talked about. I’m sure we’ll get around to it later, but I guess in my mind I’d like to at least begin as a quarterback," Cook said.
He shares that desire with his father as well.
Marv Cook played quarterback at West Branch High School, but found his fastest way onto the field with Hayden Fry’s program was at tight end where he went on to earn all-American honors and play seven seasons in the NFL.
Drew Cook said while he appreciates his father’s accomplishments at Iowa, he made his own college decision.
“I’m going to Iowa because that is where I have always wanted to go," he said. “It’s about that simple. It’s been my dream. I’m proud of what my father did there and hopefully, I can do good things there as well."
Cook’s credentials are considerable.
He completed 187-of-267 passes for 2,563 yards and threw 22 touchdown passes while being intercepted three times last season for the Regals. Cook also rushed 94 times for 440 yards on five scores and took one of the two passes he caught covering 48 yards into the end zone for a touchdown.
On the basketball court, he averaged 25.1 points and 7.8 rebounds for a 19-4 team which lost in an Iowa Class 2A district final Tuesday.
Cook said he chose to wait to announce his verbal commitment until after the basketball season ended because he didn’t want it be a distraction.
“It seemed like the best way to handle things," he said.
Cook is the third high school junior to make a verbal commitment to sign with the Hawkeyes next February, the earliest date players in the Class of 2015 can sign binding letters of intent.
Jack Beneventi, a 6-6 quarterback from Lisle Benet Academy in the suburbs of Chicago, and offensive lineman Jacob Newborg of West Lyon announced commitments late last year.
Iowa has extended one other known offer to a current junior quarterback, Ryan Boyle of West Des Moines Dowling.