By Bill Foley
Dylan Cook is heading to the Hi-Line.
The Butte High senior quarterback signed to play football at MSU-Northern in Havre. The Lights announced the signing on Twitter this afternoon.
We would like to announce the Signing of Quarterback Dylan Cook, Butte High School, MT, Coming to Northern this… https://t.co/86PxTj7h5h
— MSUN Football (@MSUN_FOOTBALL) February 3, 2016
The signing comes after the 6-foot-5, 258-pound Cook missed all but a few plays of his senior season with a broken collarbone. He suffered the injury in the first quarter of Butte High’s first game of 2015.
“He’s got a big upside,” Butte High coach Arie Grey said. “He’s a talented player who understands schemes and what defenses are doing.”
In 2014, Cook put up some big numbers to lead the Bulldogs. He completed 237 of 400 passes for 3,124 yards. He threw 30 touchdowns compared to 17 interceptions. Cook also ran 100 times for 201 yards and four touchdowns. His rushing numbers include 20 sacks.
Grey said he had big plans for Cook in 2015. The team planned to use the big quarterback in the running game more.
“It would have been pretty neat to see what he would be able to do with a full season,” the coach said.
Cook, who also plays basketball, has returned to full strength following the injury. Grey said the quarterback will use the injury to fuel his college career.
“It was unfortunate what happened,” Grey said of Cook’s injury. “But it will make him a better player in the future.”
The Lights can definitely use Cook. In 2015, Northern finished 0-11 under first-year head coach Aaron Christensen.
Cook’s older brother, Dallas, has yet to announce his 2016 plans. The elder Cook, who led Butte High to the 2012 Class AA state championship, played the past two seasons at the a junior college in North Dakota.