Brandin Cooks may have been the steal of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Cooks, a 5-foot-10, 190-pound receiver from Stockton’s Lincoln High, was selected 20th overall by the New Orleans Saints. Mind you, a Saints team that makes menacing weapons out of ultra-quick players like Cooks. See: Darren Sproles.
Cooks tore apart the Pac-12 with Oregon State, where in three seasons, he had 226 receptions for 3,272 yards with 24 touchdowns. He showed the world what he might be able to do in the NFL quickly, with a mesmerizing hard-stop and juke touchdown against the Rams in the Saints’ preseason opener. See it here.
It’s been four years since Cooks adorned the red, white and silver of the Lincoln Trojans, but as he embarks into his potentially prolific NFL career, it’s worth a look back at his top high school games. Many thanks to our friends at MaxPreps, where much of the information my blogs cover stems from.
Here’s the best from his three varsity seasons, from 2008-10:
37-35 W over Oak Ridge (Nov. 13)
Cooks’ final high school win was a huge one.
Lincoln topped Oak Ridge to open the Sac-Joaquin Section Division I playoffs, and Cooks went off for 10 catches with 207 yards and three touchdowns. You can bet in a two-point game, the Trojans needed Cooks to win it.
28-17 W over Lodi (Oct. 28)
Cooks was a nightmare for Lincoln’s neighbors to the north, lighting up Lodi with eight receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown.
56-20 L to Grant (Sept. 17)
While the Pacers rolled over the Trojans, Cooks shined with 10 catches for 151 yards and two TDs.
53-7 W over Chavez (Nov. 13)
In this battle of Stockton teams, Cooks was electric, with four catches for 95 yards and two TDs.
37-13 W over Fremont (Sept. 25)
Cooks was a beast as a junior, too, hauling in five balls for 103 yards and a TD in the Trojans’ preseason win.
44-18 W over Tracy (Oct. 7)
Cooks’ varsity coming out party was a big one. In this early-season victory, Cooks had just three catches, but for 123 yards (average of 41 per reception) with three TDs.
56-12 W over Davis (Nov. 21)
The young Cooks wasn’t intimidated by the section playoff stage, torching Davis for four catches, 157 yards and two TDs.
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