2014 OL With an Early Top 5

This spring 2014 Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake offensive lineman Mason Cole has spent a lot of his time exploring the campuses of some of the colleges in the state of Florida. For Cole, these visits have been, both, educational and exciting. Although it is still early in the recruiting process for the young lineman, Cole has already set his sights on five schools in particular.

"My top five right now in no order would be UF, FSU, South Carolina, Clemson and Michigan State," Mason Cole said.

In Cole's mind, the rich traditions and collegiate atmospheres at his top five schools have set them apart from other colleges in the country.

"I just like Florida's whole program and like everything about it. I like the tradition and everything there and how everything is. I don't know I just love it," he said.

"FSU is just a big school with all of the people there and the campus and everything is great."

"I've been to Clemson because my brother's team played them a couple of years ago. I just loved it. The whole area is really cool."

"I haven't been to South Carolina or Michigan State yet. Those are two teams that I just like," Cole said.

It is worth noting that the 6-foot-4, 260-pound lineman is not a native of the Sunshine State.

"I moved to Florida from Chicago when I was eight. I was mostly a fan of Florida State when I was growing up and a little bit of a Michigan State fan," he admitted.

Since Cole has family in other parts of the country, he is not insistent on staying in the state of Florida to play college football.

"I mean it doesn't really matter to me how far away a school is, but my mom and dad live here so being in Florida would be best but being outside of it wouldn't be bad either. I'm pretty open to that," he said.

Recently, Cole was able to make a trip to Gainesville to watch the Orange and Blue Debut.

"I was at UF for the spring game. I liked it. I saw all of the facilities and everything. It was awesome," he said.

"My mom and dad went with me and they loved it," he added.

While he was on campus, Florida's coaches took the time to introduce themselves to the talented lineman.

"The coaches told me that they would be at our school during spring, which starts May 1st. I talked to their offensive line coach, [Florida coach Tim Davis]. He said that they would love to have me up there and that they will be at practice in May," he said.

According to Cole, the Gator coaching staff still needs time to evaluate him before offering him a scholarship.

"They didn't mention an offer, but I would love to have one," he said.

Florida was not the only in-state school that the powerful lineman was able to visit.

"I've also visited Florida State. I liked FSU. The campus and everything was great. I like all of the coaches and everything," he said.

When Cole takes the field on May 1st for the first day of spring practice he will begin to focus on improving his tangible and intangible skills.

"I'm trying to work on being a good competitor and a good leader out there on the field," he said.

Right now, Cole feels that his size is the trait that really gives him an advantage on the line of scrimmage.

"I think my strength as a player is just being so big and lengthy. I can get really good leverage on players," he said.

In addition to playing football, Cole likes to spend his time partaking in relaxing activities outdoors.

"I like going golfing and fishing," he said.

As the recruiting process starts to heat up, Cole's size and athleticism will make him a big target for many teams. With all of the attention that he will receive, the talented lineman may not have as much time to spend on the golf course in the future.

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