In No Rush

Palm Beach Gardens (FL) linebacker Emanuel Cook had an outstanding spring, as he showcased his athletic ability at several camps and combines while earning scholarship offers along the way.

"Everything is great right now," Emanuel Cook told Pack Pride. "I'm fixing to start setting up some official visits. I'm going to visit Ole Miss, NC State, South Carolina, and Rutgers. I'm not sure about that final visit right now.

"I've got over twenty offers that have come in to me. Temple, Akron, North Carolina, South Carolina, NC State, Ole Miss, Iowa, Arizona State, Kansas and Rutgers are just some of them."

Cook, who measures in at 5-foot-9 and 200-pounds, stars at linebacker and fullback for Palm Beach Gardens High School in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He believes this team has what it takes to win a lot of ballgames this year.

"We have the team to win states this year," Cook said. "We have a strong group of seniors and I'm going to try and do everything I can to help us win it all."

Cook was arguably the top linebacker in attendance at the Jacksonville Scout.com Combine. He ripped off a 4.54-second 40-yard dash and posted a 36-inch vertical jump, both top marks for the position. What does he believe are his strengths and weaknesses?

"I think my weakness is defeating the block or shedding it," Cook said. "My strengths are I'm fast to the ball and a lot of times linemen can't catch me because I'm so quick. I anticipate plays well, and I think that comes from me playing offense. I can tell what's coming a lot of times."

Cook already knows a lot about NC State, as former teammate Willie Young, a freshman defensive end for the Wolfpack, is trying to sway him to Raleigh.

"NC State had a good defense last year, and my friend Willie said he's battling it out up there," Cook said. "He said it's going great, and he thinks he'll run second team this year. They've got a good team.

"I also know another player at State, DaJuan Morgan. He's from around here, and I was talking to his brother yesterday. NC State's recruiting his brother too and we talked about maybe taking that visit and the Ole Miss visit together."

Another factor that could be in NC State's favor is head coach Chuck Amato, a coach that Cook is fond of and who he followed during Amato's days at Florida State.

"I think coach Amato is a good coach," said Cook. "He used to coach at Florida State and that's been one of my favorite schools so I followed them. He had good defenses when he was there and he took that with him up to NC State."

Cook remains wide open with his recruitment and hopes to make a decision later this year. What's going to be the deciding factor? Feeling comfortable with the program.

"I want to make my decision either during the season or after the season," said Cook. "I want to make it after the visits. I want to see how the players and coaches are and get a feel for the schools."

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