Missouri’s bye week has already been productive.
The Tigers picked up a verbal commitment Saturday morning that’s important for three reasons.
One, it's the team’s first pledge for the 2020 recruiting class.
Two, it’s a St. Louis area prospect.
Three, it’s a quarterback.
Chaminade junior Brady Cook received an offer from Mizzou this summer and after taking in last week’s home game against Georgia, he had seen enough to give the Tigers an early pledge.
“I received the offer in July and I’ve always wanted to play at Mizzou,” he said Saturday. “A lot of people are asking, ‘Do you want to wait around for other offers?’ But this is the one I always wanted. I’ve built a great relationship with Coach (Barry) Odom. I knew I wanted to play here, so I just pulled the trigger.”
“As early as I can remember I’ve tailgated at Mizzou games with my family,” he added. “I’ve always had Mizzou jerseys, starting at the smallest size possible.”
Cook, who lives in St. Charles County, has been a lifelong Tigers fan, has also received interest from Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Kentucky and Wisconsin. The 6-2 quarterback is rated a three-star prospect by 247Sports.com and ranked the state’s No. 9 player for 2020. Cook doubles as Chaminade’s standout punter and last year earned Metro Catholic Conference special teams player of the year honors when he averaved an area-best 48 yards per punt. As a sophomore he threw for 1,371 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Through the first month of this season, he’s completed 66 of 120 passes for 951 yards, six touchdowns and nine picks.
“This year I’ve definitely improved with my footwork and feet, just being able to have the ability to run and obviously throw and be a pocket passer,” he said. “I’m a pro style quarterback, but I think at Mizzou I can make an impact with my feet, too.”
Cook continues what’s been a wave of momentum for Mizzou in the St. Louis area since the spring. Odom has collected commitments from four area recruits for the 2019 class: Lutheran North offensive lineman Jack Buford, Parkway North receiver C.J. Boone and Kirkwood receiver Maurice Massey and linebacker Arvell Ferguson.
“I think they’ve got something excited going on,” Cook said. “There’s good energy right now. A lot of St. Louis guys are committing. A lot of St. Louis guys are thinking about going there. C.J. Boone. Maurice Massey. So it’s a really an exciting environment in Columbia right now. The coaches are really excited. It seems like it’s going to be a good place.”
Missouri has one quarterback committed for its 2019 class, Dayton, Ohio’s Connor Bazelak. The Tigers have five scholarship QBs on the current roster, though fourth-year starter Drew Lock is the only senior in the group.
Since receiving an offer in July, Cook said he talks with MU offensive coordaintor and quarterbacks coach Derek Dooley every week.
“I love what he’s doing with the offense,” he said. “He’s changed it up a little bit, but good guy. I can’t wait to be coached by him.”