William Cole's Big Day

The University of Arkansas could land a coveted Texas recruit tonight around 10:20 p.m. when Cedar Hill standout William Cole (5-10, 165, 4.4), who had a phenomenal season in which he accounted for 61 touchdowns, announces his choice live on Dallas TV station KDFW.

Tonight a current Longhorn could make some Razorback coaches and fans very happy.

Cedar Hill star William Cole (5-10, 165, 4.4), who had arguably the best season of any prep football player in Texas this season while accounting for an amazing 61 touchdowns, is set to announce where he will play his college ball on Dallas TV station KFDW during its 10:20 p.m. sportscast.

Cole, who had 2,966 yards rushing and 41 touchdowns and 1,606 yards passing and 20 more scores while playing quarterback this season for the Longhorns, has a stated intent to play cornerback in college.

The Dallas Morning News' Offensive Player of the Year will announce his decision between the University of Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma State according to Cedar Hill head coach Joey McGuire.

"I imagine that the school will want to use him on kickoff and punt returns, but he wants to get a shot at cornerback instead of on offense," McGuire said. "That's one of the things that gave Arkansas a definite advantage in that they were recruiting him for defensive player from the get go and it gave them what I think was an advantage heading into the weekend."

Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, TCU and Arizona all made runs at Cole with Sooner coach Bob Stoops one of the may coaches who came through the Cole household.

"But he has been about those three – Arkansas, Kansas and Oklahoma State," McGuire said.

Arkansas is hoping that Cole will join current Razorback cornerback and former Cedar Hill star Jerell Norton as a teammate once again.

"Jerell has really been working on him from the start," McGuire said. "They really like each other and are big friends. I know Jerell is telling him how good it would be for him at Arkansas, how he could play right away and how anxious he is to get him up there and have them start locking down those corner spots."

"Selfishly I would really like to see them up there at Arkansas together and I think the Razorbacks would have their two cornerbacks for a long time to come," McGuire said. "I know that's what Arkansas coaches are thinking as well."

McGuire sized up his best player this season and the one from the previous campaign.

"I think they are very comparable in that they makes plays and have incredible hips that will allow them to have great careers at corner," McGuire said. "I think Willie's faster. Jerell probably had better hands as a wide receiver, but Willie is more explosive."

Being 5-10 and being a cornerback in the SEC would not be a problem for Cole according to McGuire.

"The kid's vertical jump is just way off the charts," McGuire said. "They measure it and he was way over the rim – over it 14 inches. They measured it at 11 feet, 4 inches. He's just astounding. He is so explosive and can do anything you want him to do on the football field."

Although he has never run a 4.3 in the 40-yard dash as some might think of his speed after seeing him on the football field, Cole is nevertheless not somebody to challenge in a race peer McGuire.

"I have two kids that are legitimate track kids, both who run 4.3s and just blow people away," McGuire said. "One could win the 400 at state the other could win the 200. But if they all line up and run a 40-yard dash at the same time, Willie would win. He just wouldn't let himself be beat."

McGuire notes that Cole is a guy who doesn't get overly excited by much at all.

"He is a real laid back dude," McGuire said. "I compare him a little bit to one of those California surfers in that not a lot of stuff gets to him and he is just as cool as he can be in any situation.

But he is also one of the most competitive kids I have ever been around whether it be on the football field, dominoes, cards," McGuire added. "He wants to win and part of the reason he does so much is because he is so laid back that nothing bothers him."

Cole had a busy week while hosting Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt, Kansas assistant Tim Beck and Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy.

"He's everything you could ever want in a player," McGuire said. "That's why they've all been knocking on his door. We'll see who the winner is now."



William Cole makes a play at Texas Stadium earlier this season.


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