Anthony Rook talks official visit

Anthony Rook, a regular visitor from Greenville during the season, was back in Winston-Salem during the weekend to take his official visit. When Rook committed back in June he said it was due to his close relationships with the Wake Forest coaches and players. The visit offered him a chance to get to know some of the other members of his recruiting class.


"It was real good to have all those guys there," said Anthony Rook. "Laronji (Vason), Jonathan Williams, Will Smith (Josh) Banks, and Shelldon (Lewinson) were all taking their official visit. We had a good time. They took us to eat at the Twin City Chop House and the Deacon Tower Grille.

"The next day we toured the campus and met the academic support staff. I talked with Coach Grobe. He seemed real excited to have us there."

Rook was accompanied by his mother and father on the visit. He said second year linebacker, Zachary Allen, was his player/host. One of his weekend highlights was spending time with Offensive Coordinator Steed Lobotzke.

"I love Coach Lobo," Rook said. "He's the man calling the plays. He's smart at what he does mixing things up. He talked a little bit with me about my role within the offense. He said he thought there was a lot of things they'd be able to do with me like lining up in the backfield to help with run blocking."

Rook, 6-foot-4, 235-pounds, was named All-Conference (North Carolina 4A-Mideastern) for the second straight year. After the season he played in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas featuring All-Star seniors from both North and South Carolina. After the visit he's all set for National Signing Day.

"We're going to have a press conference with the local paper and television stations," Rook said. "They'll be two or three of us signing. My teammate, Joe Wright, is going to N.C. State and another one of our players may be signing with North Carolina A&T.

"I'm not playing any other sports, just training. I'll be doing that until I leave for Wake Forest July 5th."

Rook was recruited to Wake Forest by Keith Henry. He had other scholarship offers from North Carolina State and Vanderbilt.

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