Former Barnstable High quarterback D.J. Crook has accepted a preferred walk-on spot at Penn State, he confirmed to ESPNBoston.com this afternoon.
Crook, a West Barnstable resident, did a post-graduate semester this past fall at Worcester Academy, after a record-setting career as a four-year starter at Barnstable. He was initially offered a walk-on spot two weeks ago by head coach Bill O'Brien, but had to wait until he was officially accepted into the University yesterday before making his decision.
During his tenure at Barnstbale, Crook took two unofficial visits to the State College, Penn. campus. He visited again last month, attending the Nittany Lions' overtime win over Wisconsin on Nov. 24. Crook also had interest from Albany, Villanova and Penn before deciding on Penn State.
Crook will enroll at Penn State on Jan. 5. As things currently stand, he will be one of four Lions quarerbacks headed into the spring, and the only Massachusetts native on the roster.
"I was kinda speechless I guess," Crook said. "It's been a long road, and I'm just glad it's over, but I'm also glad I'm at the place I want to be."
In four years at Barnstable, Crook made 38 starts under center, throwing for 77 touchdown passes and a state record 8,126 yards. He fractured his thumb in Week 5 of the 2011 season, and split time the rest of the way with Nick Peabody, who wound up being named ESPN Boston's 2012 Offensive Player of the Year and committed to Princeton last week. The Red Raiders ended a 10-year playoff drought in Crook's senior year.