SIGNEE STATUS: Cook Working Hard

Carrollton (GA) tight end Cole Cook is working hard to be ready to play as a true freshman for the Wolfpack.

Carrollton (GA) tight end Cole Cook is working hard to be ready to play as a true freshman for the Wolfpack.

"That is my goal," said Cook. "I go my workout plan and my running plan after I signed, and I've been doing that everyday. That's getting me ready to go to [NC] State.

"I've been doing a lot of running to keep myself in shape... I also have my playbook and study that quite a bit s I can be as well-prepared."

Cook was one of NC State's top recruits in the 2014 class. Rated the No. 30 tight end nationally by, Cook picked the Wolfpack over offers from programs like Missouri, Florida State, Boston College, Mississippi State, Illinois, and Maryland among others.

"What I get from the coaches is they want to win championships," said Cook. "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. That's what their focus is on. Winning championships and doing what it's going to take to do that."

NC State head coach Dave Doeren raved about Cook on National Signing Day.

"He's very serious," said Doeren. "He has tremendous leadership ability.

"[He's a] tight end that can catch but is a very physical blocker. He's a kid that already power cleans over 350 pounds, and for a guy that's 6'5, that's really impressive in high school... just from an explosion standpoint."

Cook, who checks in at 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, says he has an ideal playing weight for this fall.

"I'm trying to put up some more weight," he said. "Coach Faulkner talked to me about playing around 245 or 248 this season. I'm trying to get up there."

In an offense that utilizes multiple tight ends, NC State must replace senior Asa Watson in the rotation. Although they return David Grinnage and Benson Browne, Cook says the staff has informed him there is a legitimate chance for him to contribute this fall.

"Coach Faulkner told me that I'll most likely be playing the 'Y' in our offense," said Cook. "It's the in-line tight end, and I'm hoping that my ability to block can help out. We ran the ball a lot at my high school so I had to focus on blocking, and I take a lot of pride in that.

"I also have good hands so I'm good at both... at tight end you have to do both. He told me to be prepared to try and make an impact."

Cook says his first day at NC State is June 22nd, and he can't wait to make his way to Raleigh.

"I'm really excited. I've been waiting a long time for this."

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