Lost amid last week’s manic National Signing Day frenzy was a somewhat shocking decision — or not, depending on whom you talk to — of where the most prolific passer in Montana prep football history will continue his playing career.
Butte High’s Dallas Cook, who practically penned his own chapter in the Montana record books, committed to play junior college ball at North Dakota State College of Science last Wednesday.
Never heard of it? Well you’re probably not alone there. NDSCS is a public two-year college in Wahpeton with fewer than 1,500 full time students (the town itself is only about 7K).
The Wildcats like to throw it around and run a high-powered offense much like Cook was in charge of in Butte the last two years.
But the question remains: Why would a 6-foot-5, 235-pound quarterback with a state championship and 13 state records to his name decide to spend his first college days in Tinytown, N.D.?
In short, apparently so he can play.
“I think this is the best choice for me because I’ll get to play next year,” Cook told a media group as he signed his letter last week at the high school. “This is the quickest way of getting to my goal of playing in the NFL.”
Cook drew interest from schools from the Pac-12 on down to the NAIA, earning preferred walk-on nods from Washington State and Oregon and also getting scholarship offers from both Montana and Montana State, though the Bobcats decided in December to stick with the quarterbacks they have in house.
After leading Butte to the State AA championship as a junior, his first year with the Bulldogs after transferring from Anaconda, Cook amassed some serious statistics and broke several of his own state records as a senior. The QB completed 296 passes in 460 attempts for 4,145 yards and 40 TDs. He also ran the ball for 866 yards on 133 carries for another 16 touchdowns as Butte finished with a 6-5 record and a first-round playoff exit.
Dallas Cook’s record breaking career
Career Points – 604 (broke record by 100)
Season Points – 338 (broke record by 24)
Career Total Touchdowns – 99 (broke record by 35)
Season Total Touchdowns – 56 (broke own record by 17)
Total Touchdowns in a Game – 8 (twice)
Season Total Yards – 5,011 (broke own record by 514)
Total Yards Per Game – 456.4 (broke own record by 110.2)
Season Passing Yards – 4,145 (broke own record by 250)
Yards Passing Per Game – 376.8 (broke own record by 80.6)
Season Completions – 296 (broke own record by 10)
Completions Per Game – 27 (broke record by 5)
Career Touchdown Passes – 76 (broke record by 12)
Season Touchdown Passes – 40 (broke record by 4)
stats via MaxPreps.com