Cook Set To Visit

NC State's coaching staff made Carrollton (GA) tight end Cole Cook a priority early in the process, and the Wolfpack remains a major player in his recruitment.

NC State's coaching staff made Carrollton (GA) tight end Cole Cook a priority early in the process, and the Wolfpack remains a major player in his recruitment.

"NC State was my first offer," said Cook. "That still means a lot to me, even now. There were a lot of schools that had interest in me at the time, but they hadn't pulled the trigger before NC State did in February."

Cook visited the Wolfpack back in the spring and left impressed with the program.

"I really like the campus and the coaches," he said. "I feel like it's a great environment there. The fans are really into football and supporting the team. I love coach Doeren's mindset... he wants to win games and championships there."

A lack of scholarship offers isn't a problem anymore for Cook. NC State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Boston College, Cincinnati, Maryland, and Florida State are just some of the schools that have offered.

Rated a three-star prospect and the No. 27 tight end in the country by Scout.com, Cook believes he is still a work-in-progress.

"I feel like my main strength is blocking because I've definitely done a lot of that in our offense," he said. "But, i also think I run good routes and have good hands. I've worked on my speed.

"I can keep working on my routes and knowing how to react to the defenses I'm facing. You can always get better."

As of now, Cook says two programs stand out in his recruitment.

"I'd say NC State and Mississippi State are my top two right now," he stated. "I'm actually going to go to NC State on Saturday and then I'm trying to get to Mississippi State. The plan is to visit both before making a decision. That's what I'm hoping to do.

"I'm looking to make my decision here soon... before the summer is over."


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