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Throughout a storied high school athletic career Ashton Cook has followed in the footsteps of his older brother.
Just like his brother Drew, Ashton Cook carved out a legacy as a two-sport standout at Regina quarterbacking the Regals to a state championship while playing for his father Marv Cook.
When it came to settling on his football future Ashton Cook went in a different direction than his family.
While older siblings Drew and Logan Cook followed their father to the University of Iowa Ashton Cook will walk on at Iowa State choosing the Cyclones over scholarship offers from Eastern Michigan, Northern Iowa, Western Illinois and others.
Cook was one of 12 walk ons Iowa State announced in a release on National Signing Day on Wednesday.
“Excited to be a Cyclone,” Cook wrote on a post on social media on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Cook is a two-time all-state selection and one of the most prolific passers in state history.
Cook earned all-state honors each of the past two seasons while throwing for more than 2,400 yards in each of his final two seasons.
A four-year varsity contributor and three-year starter, Cook was a third-team all-state selection as a junior when he passed for 2,446 yards and 25 touchdowns but was at his best last fall.
As a senior Cook completed 67 percent of his passes while throwing for a career-high 2,862 yards and 25 touchdowns with just three interceptions.
Cook led Class A in completions (185), all-purpose yards (3,171) and passing yards and was second in touchdown passes while leading Regina to an 11-1 record and the Class A state title.
In the state title game Cook completed 17-of-24 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for 42 yards.
A career 62 percent passer, Cook closed his career ranked 13th in state history with 7,218 passing yards to go with 63 touchdowns.
Cook also rushed for 619 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career including a career-high 309 yards last season.
A multi-sport standout, Cook also excels on the basketball court where he leads Regina with 21.9 points and six rebounds per game.
Regina head coach Marv Cook was a consensus all-American tight end at the University of Iowa while Drew Cook played for the Hawkeyes from 2015 to 2020 and sister Logan Cook is a junior on the Iowa basketball team.