Carrollton (GA) three-star tight end Cole Cook may have had only eight catches as a junior but that was plenty for the coaches at NC State and Missouri. Both staffs love his potential and that prompted both to extend early scholarship offers to the rising seniors. Those aren't the only two interested schools as Cook gave the latest on his recruiting to Pack Pride in a recent interview.
"I've got the offers from NC State and Missouri and I'm also hearing from Vanderbilt, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Alabama, Boston College, Virginia Tech, Florida, Georgia and Georgia Tech. It's been busy."
Another factor that has helped with pique the interest of several schools was Cook's performance at the MVP camp held in Valdosta (GA) earlier this year. He came away as the event's overall top performer which prompted Scout.com's Chad Simmons to write, "He was snatching balls out of the air, he was catching balls some thought he couldn't get to, and he showed strong and very consistent hands all day on Sunday."
Cook said he felt good about the way he performed.
"I felt good about it. I felt like I had a really good day going out and competing and showing everyone what I could do."
As a junior, Cook was named all-area and was selected to play in the rising senior all-star game in Georgia.
On the recruiting side, NC State was the first school to offer and that was something that could help the Wolfpack out down the road.
"It felt really good," Cook said of receiving his first offer. "I was really excited and relieved about it. I was glad someone finally pulled the trigger on me and made me an offer.
"Coach Jackson has been recruiting me. I talk to him the most. He says that they're going to have a really special program and they really like to use the tight ends and he thinks I would fit in their system and I would have an early impact on their team.
"We just talk and he wants me to get down there as soon as I can. I think once I get to see the school that'll help some things out. I'm impressed with all their staff. I've had a chance to talk to coach Doeren and Drew Hughes who is new to the staff. But I've really enjoyed talking to the staff and they sound like a great group of coaches."
Cook hopes to visit State sometime in the near future but it may have to wait until the conclusion of track season.
"I've got track on the weekends (shot put and discus) but I'm going to do my best to get up there as soon as possible but it's definitely the top priority to get up there and visit."
As mentioned earlier, Cook also boasts an offer from Missouri and an SEC offer can be a big lure to a player from Georgia.
"I'm very interested in Missouri," said Cook. "I was real surprised when they offered because I hadn't heard much from them but I'm glad they did. Being the first SEC school, that was great and I hope to get to visit them soon too."
Besides NC State and Missouri, Cook says he hopes to visit a number of other schools during the summer but isn't sure exactly which ones he'll be hitting.
"I'm going to try to go to some camps this summer but I really haven't decided which schools I plan to go to. On April 4th I'm going to Boston College because that's my spring break."
Cook hopes to make an early decision but it will only happen once he's found a school that fits exactly what he's looking.
"I'm not sure when I'll commit but it'll be when the time is right and I find the place that I feel comfortable but I want to get it out of the way. I don't want to rush it but I'd like to get it out of the way before my season if I can."
So are any schools out front?
"Obviously NC State and Missouri are my two favorites right now. But everybody else is just pretty even."