Butte High’s Devon Cook signs with Western football

Butte High’s Devon Cook signs with Western football
Butte High senior Devon Cook sits between his mother Michelle and brother Dylan as he signs an NAIA National Letter of Intent to play football at Montana Western Wednesday at the Richardson Gym.

By Bill Foley

It is a story you have heard before.

One of the Cook brothers of Butte gives up playing quarterback and goes on to thrive as an offensive lineman.

You saw it happen for Dylan Cook, who went from MSU-Northern quarterback to starting right tackle at the University of Montana. His name now could be called on the day of the NFL Draft late next month.

Now, it is Devon Cook’s time.

The youngest of the three brothers signed to play football at Montana Western Wednesday afternoon. He filled out his NAIA National Letter of Intent while sitting between his mother Michelle and his Montana Grizzly brother at Butte High’s Richardson Gym.

Cook, who started his career as a quarterback at Butte High, will play offensive line at the Dillon school.

Unlike with Dylan, Devon Cook will be heading to college with experience as a lineman.

The younger Cook switched from the quarterback to lineman room last June, and he played left guard for the Bulldogs last fall.

“He played some big moments in some big games for us,” Butte High coach Arie Grey said. “He was in the field late in the game and did some great things for us.”

Cook said it was the right move.

“I love it,” Cook said of playing offensive line. “It’s way different. They guys, they mess around. Quarterbacks, they’re always serious. In offensive line drills, we just mess around and talk about food all the time.”

As the season went on, Cook got on the field more and more as he learned the new position.

“I was getting a lot better every game,” he said. “I was using everything that I learned in practice. It translated into the game.”

Grey said Western could be getting a steal because Cook, who is about 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, has only scratched the surface of his potential.

“We kind of talked to him before about it because he’s always been a big kid,” Grey said of switching from quarterback to lineman. “He’s not even done growing. He is just a pup. It’s going to be neat to watch him mature.”

Cook will not turn 18 until May, and Grey said he is only going to continue to improve.

“The more reps he can get the better he’s going to end up being,” Grey said. “When he goes down to Montana Western, every day he is going to get better.”

Cook said watching his brother make the switch and experience so much success help him. He said Dylan has also been a huge asset for him.

“He always did good at it, so he helped me along with the process of becoming an O-linemen,” Dylan Cook said.

Dylan Cook is the third in his family to sign to play college football.

His oldest brother, Dallas, played at the North Dakota State College after leading Butte High to the 2012 Class AA State championship. Dallas is now working on the East Coast.

Since he plans to be a physical education teacher after his playing days are done, Western was an easy choice for Devon Cook.

“Western was always the one college that stuck out to me since I was a kid,” he said. “It was close, and I always heard good things about it from the teachers at Butte High. It just seems like a good fit for me.”

Grey said he expects Cook to thrive on the field, in the classroom and in the community when he goes to Dillon.

“I’m so excited for him,” Grey said. “It’s a great fit educationally for him. He’s such a nice young man, a likeable kid. He’s going to fit in nicely.”

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