May 16, 2011

Pack still a factor for Anthony Rook

Tight end prospect Anthony Rook has made it no secret that Wake Forest is his leader. He has consistently listed the first program to extend him a scholarship offer as his No. 1 school, although NC State, his other in-state tender, is still in the running. Rook also has a scholarship offer from Vanderbilt.

"I went to one of [NC State's] scrimmages [on April 2] and Coach Willis had told me to call him when I got back," Rook said. "We played phone tag for a while until my coach just called me and said Coach Willis offered me. He also came by about two weeks ago and watched me work out and stuff.

"All the offers I get are unreal, I never thought I'd be able to be earning college scholarships but my hard work has paid off."

Rook's hard work has turned him into one of the state's top prospects at tight end. At the Shrine Bowl Combine in Williamston, he was impressive after checking in at 6-foot-3 and 221 pounds. He and the other tight ends worked out with the offensive linemen and Rook recorded the fastest 40-yard dash time in his group (4.88 seconds) while recording the sixth-best shuttle (4.74) and the third-best broad jump (8-5).

Although some of the competitors in his group had 60 or more pounds on the Greenville (N.C.) Rose product, Rook also tied for seventh in the bench press, repping out 185 pounds 20 times. With performances like that, schools are continuing to show interest in Rook, although he warns that a decision will come, "sooner than later."

"Maryland is the newest [school to get involved]," Rook said. "I talk to their tight end coach just about daily now and Virginia Tech is in there, as well. They've been around, they just want me to come to camp before they offer me."

The junior, who earned all-county and all-conference honors last fall after posting almost 400 yards receiving and six touchdowns, has summer visits planned for both schools, as well as another in-state program; in hopes of earning more offers.

"I'm going to Virginia Tech on June 4, I'm going to Maryland on June 21 and I'm going to Carolina, I don't know the date on that," he said.

Having mentioned a possible decision before his senior campaign kicks off, Rook has a definite leader, but the Pack is not too far behind.

"Wake Forest is number one," he said. "I think State would be number two."

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