Drew Cook might be the most Kirk Ferentz player ever.
Let's start with this: Cook, a 6'5, 205-lb. quarterback/athlete out of Iowa City's Regina Catholic High School, announced Wednesday that he has become Iowa's third football commitment of the 2015 class. Cook joins quarterback Jack Beneventi and offensive lineman Jacob Newborg. According to -- sigh -- Pat Harty, Cook actually committed two weeks ago but kept his announcement quiet until after Regina's basketball season had ended. He received a three-star rating from 247 Sports, and has not yet been scouted by the other services. Iowa was his only reported offer.
There's a good reason why Cook took Iowa's offer without waiting for anything else. Four good reasons, actually.
(1) He's a legacy. Cook's dad is former Iowa tight end and potential college football hall of famer Marv Cook, who played for the Hawkeyes during Kirk Ferentz's stint as an offensive line coach under Hayden Fry. Ferentz loves Marv Cook. He mentions the guy all the time, to the point that Cook was in the conversation for an assistant position when Iowa's staff was overhauled two years ago.
(2 and 3) He's a high school quarterback and coach's kid. Marv is now the head coach at Regina. Drew plays quarterback for Regina, where he compiled more than 3,000 yards of total offense last season (we'll get to this later).
(4) Ferentz can see the natural progression. One of the striking things to come from Ferentz's otherwise-boring Signing Day press conference was his reliance on past players in deciding to offer a scholarship to a recruit. If Ferentz can look at the kid and see Dallas Clark or Robert Gallery or Chad Greenway (or their counterparts from the 1980s), he can project the prospect well enough to justify his faith. Ferentz does not have to look far to see where Drew can go: His dad did almost the same thing.
Obviously, the concern is (1) where will Cook play, and (2) what it does to Jack Beneventi, Iowa's already-committed quarterback. If Beneventi stays and Cook becomes a quarterback, Iowa would have at least six signalcallers on the roster for 2015. Iowa has also made an offer to West Des Moines Dowling quarterback Ryan Boyle, so that number could grow even more.
Now, Iowa is not going to have seven quarterbacks on its roster. Having five seems grossly excessive. But, where Beneventi is a quarterback and only a quarterback, it doesn't take much to see Cook at any number of other positions, including tight end. And while Iowa has had multiple quarterbacks in a class before, it moved those players elsewhere when the competition had sorted itself out. Could Cook be told he has a chance at quarterback? Sure. But so did Jay Scheel. Could he enter as a quarterback? Sure. But so did Marvin McNutt.
For what it's worth, Beneventi doesn't look to be waffling in his commitment to Iowa.
And if we can keep the commits on the reservation while adding versatile talent, this could turn into a great recruiting cycle. So welcome, Drew Cook. Glad you're finally a Hawkeye, wherever you end up playing.