Barnstable's Crook drawing interest

ESPN's Roger Brown checks in today on his recruiting blog with Barnstable quarterback D.J. Crook, who has suffered a series of setbacks since the end of football season and is still waiting on his first scholarship offer.

Crook, who threw for 2,858 yards and 33 touchdowns for the 7-4 Red Raiders last season, came down with mononucleosis at the start of basketball season. Upon his return, he broke his hand in practice.

"He's back throwing, and he's put weight back on," said Doug Crook, D.J.'s father, who stepped down as head coach after the season. "He's 6-foot-2 and a solid 200. He's heard from a few other schools like Texas A&M and UNC, and just about all the [Ivy League schools] have expressed interest in him. He still wants to get out and visit a few more schools. We're trying to figure out which ones."

D.J. took unofficial visits to UConn and Brown earlier this month. He also plans to attend the spring games this month at Brown, UConn and Harvard, as well as the Elite 11 Camp at Penn State.

"He's put himself in a good position athletically and academically," Doug told Brown. "Hopefully pretty soon he'll have some options."

For more recruiting updates on New England's top high school football talent, be sure to check out Brown's blog.