MSU’s Cook: I don’t know what recruiters saw in me

Connor Cook had a different look in the early days.

“You guys didn’t see the goofy, bigfoot guy I saw when I first came in,” fellow Michigan State fifth-year senior Shilique Calhoun said of Cook. “He’s adapted so much, man, and he’s grown up so much.”

In fact, Cook looks back and still wonders what primary recruiter Pat Narduzzi and the rest of Mark Dantonio’s MSU staff saw when he was a “three-star” quarterback out of Walsh Jesuit High in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

“You can pull out my highlight tape right now, and it was just mediocre. … I really wasn’t all that; I was sort of tall, I was skinny, didn’t have that strong of an arm, didn’t have the crazy numbers to back it up,” said Cook, who completed 58.3% of his throws as a high school senior, after finishing at 47.8% as a junior. “But I don’t know, it’s just something that coach (Dantonio) and the whole coaching staff, they have a knack for finding guys. I don’t know what it is they see in players. But they find ’em.” – Read more at

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