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PREP FOOTBALL: Eastside's Noah Cook 'humbled' by Elite 11 QB camp inivite
Noah Cook
Rising senior quarterback Noah Cook took advantage of the two-week spring football session at Eastside with a date in the Nashville Elite 11 Quarterback Camp looming. -photo by Matthew Grimes

COVINGTON, Ga. —The Elite 11 Quarterback Camp has welcomed some of the most notable names in the country at the quarterback position over the years.

Baker Mayfield, Tua Tagovailoa and DeShaun Watson, just to name a few. Next weekend, Eastside signal caller Noah Cook will have the opportunity to add his name to the list of other elite talents while getting the chance to compete on a large stage. 

It only took an email from Cook to the camp’s director containing his highlight reel, stats, and coach’s contact information for Cook to be invited to one of the more vaunted Prep Football camps in the nation. 

A rising senior at Eastside, Cook, also starred as the baseball team’s shortstop this past spring. With a season that ended earlier than what most expected – coming just short of a region championship and bowing out in the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs – Cook now has the time focus on his craft as a quarterback. 

“I feel very humbled to be put in the situation for the possibility of good things to come from it,” Cook said. I just hope that I can use everything that I’ve been taught and have been given to the best of my ability, and hopefully, something good comes out of it.”

Building off a successful season where he threw for over 2,000 yards while rushing for close to 400 yards and 30 total touchdowns, Cook is looking to use the camp as another avenue to becoming a better quarterback. 

“My (offensive coordinator), Coach (Jay) Cawthon, he does a lot for me, everything in the book he’s pretty much taught me,” Cook said. “[I’m working on] just perfecting my craft and doing the little things right that make all the difference in the world.”

As a junior, Cook made a noticeable leap from his sophomore year when he only appeared in five games, seven less than the 12 he played this past year. In those five games, Cook was responsible for only four touchdowns and threw three interceptions. His productivity was greatly hampered by sustaining a broken collarbone during the early part of the 2017 season. 

Last season, not only did Cook more than triple his pass attempts, going from 60 to 198 in a year, he tossed for 25 touchdowns and just three interceptions with an impressive 67% pass completion.  

Cook is looking to return to Eastside in his senior season to make one more leap at the high school level. Fans will have their eyes on how Cook and company performs in 2019, fresh off a Region 4-AAAA championship season complete with setting history as the first Newton County school to complete an undefeated regular season. 

But Cook isn’t putting it all on himself to make the difference.

"Obviously coming off of a season like last year, people are going to have a lot of high expectations from us, and we’re returning a lot of our offensive line and that’s big, because it all starts up front,” Cook said. “Without them, the play wouldn’t even start, so that’ll be huge for us. We lost a lot of guys, but we got a lot of young guys that are ready to step up and make big plays; we’ll be ready."