Cook Hopes To Impact

Carrollton (GA) tight end Cole Cook is having a terrific senior season while looking forward to a career at NC State.

Carrollton (GA) is one of the top prep teams in Georgia this year and Cole Cook hasn't needed to be much of a receiver for the team to date.

That doesn't mean he's incapable of filling that role. The team has just had a powerful ground attack and Cook's blocking ability has reached a new level. His coaches have been more than content to use him in that area.

Think of Cook as a throwback in that regard. Many tight ends are now entering college as advanced receivers that need to learn the finer aspects of blocking and physical play at the point of attack. Cook is the opposite.

"I feel like I'm playing some of the best football I've played in my high school career. I'm just trying to take it one game at a time as we're trying to win state. I'm playing tight end and some defense too, defensive tackle and defensive end.

"I've mostly been blocking but I have had a couple of catches and one touchdown."

Now 6-6 and 230, Cook said the NC State coaches have not told him anything about trying to gain weight or change his physical makeup. The expectation is that he will gain weight in a hurry once he arrives in Raleigh.

Right now Raleigh is basically a given for Cook. He said he occasionally hears from South Florida and even Florida State but he's not interested in any school other than NC State.

One of the main reasons for that is the plans the coaching staff has in store for him. He expects to be a solid blocker in college but much more than that.

"One of the things I really liked about NC State when I was trying to decide was the offense they run. I love the tempo they have and the way they use the tight end a lot. They use him with his hand on the ground and also as an H-Back type guy. They can flex him out. I've done all that stuff before so I should fit with them well."

Cook was at NC State's victory over Central Michigan and that was a big game for him because it was his first as a visitor to Carter-Finley Stadium.

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