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PREP FOOTBALL: Noah Cook 'excited' about Elite 11 invite
Noah Cook
Eastside quarterback Noah Cook helped key a first quarter blitz that put Region 4-AAAA foe Druid Hills away early in Thursday night's 56-0 win. -photo by Sydney Chacon

COVINGTON, Ga. — It continues to be a banner year for Eastside’s Noah Cook. 

In the middle of a dynamic junior campaign on the baseball diamond, Cook continues to see his blip on the football recruiting radar rise. It took another jump Thursday afternoon when Cook found out he’d been invited to the Elite 11 Quarterback Competition Regionals. 

Elite 11 is perhaps the nation’s most recognizable name when discussing camps that provide a platform for the nation’s top high school quarterbacks to learn and make a name for themselves. 

Now-household names such as Deshaun Watson of the Houston Texans, Jared Goff of the Los Angeles Rams and, more locally and recently, Cartersville product and Clemson rising sophomore Trevor Lawrence have traveled through Elite 11 spaces. 

Cook was selected after Eastside coach Troy Hoff provide film to the camp as a recommendation, and based on his 2018 performance, it was a selection well deserved. The 6-foot-1, 170-pound signal caller passed for 2,100 yards and 27 touchdowns to just three interceptions while completing passes at a 67 percent clip. He also rushed for 385 yards and six scores on the ground while averaging 8.3 yards per carry. 

All of this helped Cook lead Eastside to its first region championship since 2009, a quarterfinals playoff appearance where it lost to eventual Class AAAA state champion Blessed Trinity and the highest state ranking in school history. 

Although there will be an Atlanta-based Elite 11 Regional this Sunday at Stockbridge, Cook said he’d likely be participating in the Nashville Regional on Sunday May 19. 

“That will let me be able to prepare for the event,” Cook said. 

It’ll also be after the baseball season is over. Cook is starring as a shortstop and pitcher for the Eastside baseball team where he’s batting .386 so far this season with 9 RBIs four doubles and a triple. He’s also an occasional part of a deep Eastside pitching staff that has a combined ERA of 1.40. 

So with Eastside poised for a possible deep state tournament run, Cook says the May date is best. And although he’s got baseball immediately on his mind, don’t think he isn’t feeling amped about his opportunity to compete and learn among the nation’s top signal callers. 

“I’m really excited about the opportunity to compete.”