College Park (GA) Woodward Academy punter A.J. Cole performed well enough at NC State's camp last summer to come away with a Wolfpack offer and he wasted no time in committing to the Pack.
Cole helped lead his Woodward squad to a 9-3 record and the second
round of the state playoffs. Along the way he connected on 7 of 9
field goals with a long of 47 yards. He also averaged 40.12 yards on
26 punts with a long of 53 yards. For his efforts Cole was named
class 3A all-state second team, all region and all-area by the
Atlanta Journal Constitution.
Cole will greyshirt in 2014, deferring his enrollment until January
of 2015. However, the five-star punter according to Kohl's Kicking
made his official visit to NC State this past weekend and he talked
about the highlights with Pack Pride.
"It was a lot of fun getting to hang out with some of the commits
that were there- Mike Stevens, Jaylen Samuels, Troy Vincent and Cole Cook," said Cole. "I got to hang out with some of the members of the
team as well."
Cole also plays basketball and that caused a delay in his arrival to
Raleigh but he still got the grand tour of what the Wolfpack has to
"Actually I got there a little late on Saturday because we had a
basketball game but we went to the Case Center and talked to some of
the academic folks there about how the academics work. We got to see
the library and had a chance to see more of the campus and just a
more in-depth look at what's there."
Cole said that he's already sensed a special bond forming among his
"We definitely have a bond and I can tell we're going to be a very
close class. I hung out with Bo Hines, he's one of the guys that's
already there. Just hanging out with people that's already
committed- it was great. You can tell everyone feels like we're
teammates instead of recruiting commits."
Cole will have a little more time than most to prepare for the next
level of football but he said he plans to use that to his advantage.
"I definitely want to be working on consistency. I feel like when I
hit my best punt I can hang with anyone but the thing is trying to
be able to repeat it and do it as consistently and often as
possible. So when it's game time I need to make sure my mechanics
"Right now the plan is for me to do the punting and Kyle Bambard to
do the kicking and for us to duel it out on kickoffs. But they want
both of us to keep working on every thing because with injuries you
never know what could happen and you want to be able do all three."
Cole: "We Definitely Have A Bond"
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