"It was a good trip," said Anthony Rook. "I talked with the coaches, went on the field and talked with some of the players, then I stayed and watched the game. It wasn't an official visit or anything. I just went up with a friend to see the game."
Rook said the drive to Winston-Salem takes him about three and a half hours to make from his home in Greenville, NC. Previously he was at Wake Forest home games with FSU and North Carolina State. He says a couple of other schools are still encouraging him to take an official visit, but he remains unsure if he'll take them up on the offers.
"I'm just as solid of a commitment (to Wake Forest) as I was back in the summer when I gave Coach (Keith) Henry my verbal," said Rook. "Virginia Tech and N.C. State want me to take an official visit to their school. With Wake Forest I liked the coaching, the offense they run, and the players on the team. It was just the whole program that I really liked. I couldn't find any negatives at Wake Forest."
Rook had some good news delivered to him last week. He was selected as one of the All-Stars to represent North Carolina in the prestigious Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, played December 17th at Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC. Currently he's having a fine senior season at J.H. Rose High School.
"The season is going good," Rook said. "We got a big 'W' Friday night against Hoggard. We're trying to win out so we can win the conference.
"This year I've made a big improvement with my blocking, and I'm playing smarter. We throw the ball around a lot, but on most plays I'm either getting double or triple-teamed."
Rook has 160 yards receiving and a touchdown for the season. With the extra attention he's slightly down from his last year's pace when he had more than 300 receiving yards and six touchdowns during the regular season. He was named All-Conference (North Carolina 4A Mid-Eastern) and All-Pitt County.
"I've been a starter since my 10th grade year," Rook said. "Both years we were one-and-done in the playoffs, so I'm hoping to get that first playoff win this year as a senior player. I think we definitely have the team to do it and go on a run."
Next season, Rook will have a good shot at early playing time with the departure of senior tight ends Andrew Parker and Cameron Ford. After the Shire Bowl he plans to focus his attention on conditioning.
"I wanted to play in a spread offense with a lot of tight end sets," Rook said. "I like what Wake Forest is doing. I'm definitely a receiving tight end and think I fit well into their scheme. When the season's over I'm just going to be lifting and getting in shape to go in next summer."
The Rose Ramparts play in Wilmington this Friday against New Hanover who they are currently tied with for second place in their conference. Rook has a teammate, Joe Wright, at Rose who is committed to an ACC school in N.C. State. Rook plans on graduating in June. He wears No. 80 for the Ramparts who are coached by Todd Lipe.
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