Checking in with Crook, Syblis

ESPN's Roger Brown checks in on his blog today with Barnstable quarterback D.J. Crook, who is receiving interest from a number of Division 1 programs.

Crook -- who threw for 2,858 yards, 33 touchdowns and 16 interceptions for the 7-4 Red Raiders last season -- is getting interest from Penn State, and took an unofficial visit last month to UConn. He also plans on taking visits to Syracuse and Harvard later this month.

It's been a difficult offseason so far for the junior, who came down with mononucleosis at the start of basketball season and broke his hand last week in practice. According to his father, Doug Crook, D.J. will likely skip American Legion baseball this summer to focus on football. D.J. plays first base for Post 206.

"He'll do a lot of one-day camps," Doug Crook told Brown. "DJ's a pure passer. He's not a dual-threat quarterback. He is at (the high school) level, but he won't be at the next level. If a school is looking for a kid who can throw the football, then he's someone they make want to look at."

Over the weekend, Brown also checked in with Cheshire Academy (Conn.)'s Ian Syblis, who is pursuing a post-graduate season for next fall. Syblis, an Everett native, transferred to the Cheshire, Conn. campus from Everett High following the Crimson Tide's scrimmage with Lynn English last August.

Syblis -- the younger brother of former Everett, Penn State and Oakland Raiders standout Omar Easy -- said he is considering New Hampton (N.H.) and Kiski Prep (Penn.). He currently holds a verbal offer from Maine, but has also received interest from Penn State, Northwestern and Washington State. He started at wideout and defensive back this past fall for the Cats, who advance to a NEPSAC Bowl, and said he's willing to play either side of the ball.

"Penn State suggested I spend another year in school," Syblis told Brown. "I got a late start and I didn't have any junior tape. A lot of other schools on the radar told me if I spend another year in high school a lot more doors will be open and I'd have a better chance of going to a big-time school."

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