Cole Cook is excited about the college experience at NC State but he's very open about the biggest reason he chose the Wolfpack.
Cook is looking forward to his academic future in Raleigh and he believes the opportunities in the classroom will open doors for him for the rest of his life. He likes the offense, the depth chart situation, and the people around the program that will help define that college experience.
But one thing in particular drew him to the situation at NC State.
"What I get from the coaches is they want to win championships. I've gotten to know them a lot and they want to win championships. That's what I want to do, too. I think we're going to have a great chance to do that," he said. "That's what their focus is on. Winning championships and doing what it's going to take to do that."
Cook came to know head coach Dave Doeren and assistant coaches Frisman Jackson and Eddie Faulkner very well over the past several months and their optimistic message and lofty goals resonated well with the Carrollton (GA) tight end.
He had a pretty good idea of what they were all about prior to his visit to the school. In fact Cook said he favored the Pack heading into that trip earlier this summer.
"I was really just looking for a reason not to commit. Coach Jackson and Coach Faulkner had been in contact with me since the very beginning and we talked all the time at least once a week. They were my first offer so I was really just excited about them and what they had to offer.
"When I got there I really liked the campus and the academics so I'm really looking forward to being a part of their program," he said.
Beyond championships, the campus and the academics Cook found a good fit in the offense.
"I feel like I fit in great. It's up tempo and they're going to be in the pro-style a lot. It's right up my alley. I'm going to have my hand on the ground some, but I'll also be split out some and doing H-back stuff."
Cook's decision came down to NCSU and Mississippi State but now that he is committed to the Wolfpack he said he will not waver in his decision.