One of several McGill-Toolen (Mobile) players in attendance, Cole immediately stood out because of his ability to cover and run with backs and receivers in one-on-one drills. He says that getting the opportunity to come to San Antonio and participate in the combine was huge for him.
"This was a good experience," Cole says. "I feel like I can come out here and see my competition for a scholarship next year. These coaches out here are helping me upgrade my skills for my next step which is hopefully the college level. We had real good competition out here. I was just trying to come out and compete and showcase my talent."
Cole works in a drill during the junior combine in San Antonio.
Measuring in at 5-11, 217 in San Antonio, Cole worked at both outside linebacker and strong safety during drills at the combine. Showing good footwork and the ability to cover in space, Cole is a player that will get a look from schools because of his ability to run and play sideline to sideline. Reporting a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.5 seconds run on a track, Cole has the speed to play against today's style of spread offenses most teams employ.
Playing strongside linebacker and fullback for McGill-Toolen last season Cole had an outstanding junior year as the Yellow Jackets made a run deep in the playoffs before being ousted by eventual state champion Prattville. On defense he finished with 121 tackles, four fumble recoveries and an interception return for a touchdown.
Offensively, Cole had 21 touchdowns. mostly in short yardage situations. Those numbers were enough for him to earn Honorable Mention Class 6A All-State honors as a junior.
Saying that he has an interest in Auburn, Alabama, LSU, Florida State and many others, Cole says that currently he's not getting much attention but he's hoping that changes once teams get a look at his ability when spring scouting begins in a few months.
"I haven't heard from many schools at the moment," Cole says. "I have heard that some schools are showing interest in me, but I haven't heard from any yet. The only schools that have sent me anything are Alabama State and UAB."
Based on his performance in San Antonio that is likely to change and soon. With a bench press of over 300 pounds and a squat total of 550 pounds Cole has the size, speed and strength to be a top prospect for 2008.