Cole's Shining Star

After leading his team to a magical 16-0 season and state title while accounting for an incredible 62 touchdowns, Texas prep star William Cole is ready to focus on his recruiting with the University of Arkansas very much in the mix for his signature.

Arkansas and Texas renew their football rivalry in Austin in 2008 and William Cole could very likely be standing on one of those sidelines.

It may be just a matter of which one for the record-setting prep quarterback who wants to be a cover cornerback in college.

Cole (5-10, 165, 4.5) is a Texas prep star who had a hand in an almost unheard of 62 touchdowns and over 4,000 yards of total offense while leading his Cedar Hill team to a 16-0 record and Class 5A II Division title.

He is looking at both Arkansas and Texas along with Kansas – where he will visit this weekend – and Missouri.

"My total focus was on the football season and helping us win a state title and that put be behind as far as recruiting is concerned and I probably should have had more down by now," Cole said. "But I'm trying to get some visits in and pick a school."

Arkansas offered Cole some time ago, but Texas has really just been showing interest here lately and the prospect said the Longhorns have not offered him as yet.

In fact, he is scheduled to visit Arkansas now on Jan. 19-21, but Texas is apparently trying to get him to visit Austin during that same weekend.

"I am planning on going to Kansas this weekend, then coming to Arkansas on the next weekend and then go to Missouri," Cole said. "I don't know whether I will visit Texas. If they end up offering me I would be interested because its close to home and my family could see me play and all that, but that doesn't mean that is where I would end up."

Cole, a collegiate cornerback prospect, starred as a quarterback this season while rushing for nearly 3,000 yards and 41 touchdowns while passing for another 1,500 yards and another 21 scores.

Honored as the Texas prep player of the year by Dave Campbell's Texas Football, Cole capped off the 16-victory season in style by rushing for 290 yards and three touchdowns of 75, 71 and 63 in a 51-17 title rout of Cypress Falls.

He completed 8 of 12 passes for 71 yards for good measure in an MVP performance.

All that came a day after he was inexplicably left on the Class 5A All-State team and happened while playing just three quarters.

"Will Cole is the best football player in the state of Texas, bar none," Cedar Hill coach Joey McGuire told the Dallas Morning News afterward. "Do not be confused by anything you read today. That's not taking anything away from anybody, that's just fact."

Cole gave credit to McGuire, who pre-game speech – which is featured on the Dallas Morning News website – was incredible and capped off a run that was made even more incredible by the fact that Cedar Hill had never even won a playoff game in its history.

"Coach McGuire is the most inspirational and motivating individual I have ever been around and we all were ready to run through a wall for him. He did a great job in getting us to the be the best football team we could be. It was just a wonderful feeling for all of us guys who have been playing together since the seventh grade."

Cole has made it clear to all four schools that he wants to play cornerback and not wideout in college.

"I just believe that is the position I am best suited for and where I was ever to make it to the NFL would be how I would get there," Cole said. "Arkansas was recruiting me there anyway while Kansas and Missouri were both recruiting me as a wide receiver but said they would want me as a cornerback also."

Arkansas assistant Bobby Allen has been recruiting Cole for the Razorbacks.

"Coach Allen and Arkansas have been there for me from the start and been straight with me and I really am excited about getting up there and looking everything over," Cole said. "He has told me he thinks I can be a great cover cornerback for them and they could use me right away if I came ready to work hard and play."

Razorback junior cornerback Chris Houston – ironically a Razorback from Austin – declared Sunday that he was foregoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

"I was pretty sure that was what he was going to do all the way," Cole said. "I think that just adds to the opportunity to get early playing time for me if I prove I deserve it. They are definitely at the very top of my list and I know they really want me and that makes me feel very good."

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