December 24, 2006

Cousins still mulling over his options

Kirk Cousins has seen his recruitment take off over the past month, following an impressive senior season in which he threw for more than 2,100 yards and 28 touchdowns.

The 6-foot-3, 175-pound pro-style quarterback from Holland (Mich.) Christian was named his area's Player of the Year.

Cousins is welcoming the late recruiting interest with open arms. Because he only played in five games as a junior, most colleges were waiting to evaluate his senior season.

"I was fortunate to get a profile set up on because that helped me get my name out there a little bit early on," Cousins recalled. "Then I ended up getting an invite to a NIKE Camp and I showed well there, which was great because there were a lot of coaches there.

"But a lot of the other quarterbacks at the camp that were on my same level of talent were already receiving offers and talking with colleges. I was still just trying to get my name out there. So I was a couple steps behind a majority of the other quarterback prospects.

"I ended up needing my senior season to make these coaches serious about wanting to offer me. It seemed like half the schools already had quarterbacks committed to them before I even started my senior year. So it ruled out a lot of schools early on."

Toledo, Western Michigan and Northern Illinois have all stepped up to the plate with a scholarship offer. Colorado has offered a greyshirt opportunity and Michigan State is showing strong interest.

"I took visits to Toledo and Western Michigan in December and really had a great visit to both schools," Cousins explained. "I liked both coaching staffs; they really did a great job hosting me."

Cousins is scheduled to visit Michigan State on January 13th and he could potentially visit Colorado the following weekend. "Michigan State said if they are going to offer it would come on my visit so I have decided to give them a look," he said. "Colorado offered me a greyshirt so if I do end up visiting there it would probably be the following weekend on January 19th. Right now it looks like my decision will come down to one of those four schools. It will definitely take some deep thinking."

Offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich is responsible for Cousins' recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff.

"Coach Helfrich came out here and visited with me and I have also talked with head coach Dan Hawkins a few times; but I haven't been to Boulder before," he said. "They play big time Big 12 football and it looks like their program is on the way up. I know they had a tough go at it this year but I could see that program being a top level, national powerhouse a few years down the road."

Cousins is also a standout basketball and baseball player. And in the classroom, he maintains a 4.0 core GPA and he scored 28 on the ACT. Cousins is currently planning to study Medicine in college.

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