Grenada High School senior offensive lineman John Austin Cook is a quiet young man. The 6-4, 315-pound tackle has let most of his talking take place on the field.
The college offers have been few and far between for Cook. To this point, only six junior colleges have wanted to give him a college scholarship to play football next season. His offers have come from Northwest, Holmes, East Mississippi, Copiah-Lincoln, Gulf Coast, and Hinds.
Needless to say, the 3.95 GPA student had reason to feel overlooked.
At the end of the 2013 season, Cook along with teammate Nathan Evans were selected to play in the Bernard Blackwell All-Star Game Dec. 21 at Gulfport.
Wednesday, that all changed when Cook’s cell phone rang from his coach Ashley Kuhn. Kuhn had just gotten off the phone with Lance Pogue, the head coach for the Mississippi All-Stars in this weekend’s MS/AL All-Star Classic at Montgomery.
Kuhn had good news for Cook. One of the players on the Mississippi squad was hurt in practice and they needed Cook to take his place. So, Cook and his mother Sherry Cook got in the car and made the trek to the state capital of Alabama. Now, Cook gets his chance to showcase his talents in the ‘big gameadShareef White and Genard Avery on the squad. This is the first time in the 27-year history of the game that Grenada will be represented in the game.
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