Cole not surprised by early attention

Tyrek Cole has been raking in some big offers lately and that list is sure to keep on growing. The 2015 cornerback is excited to see his recruitment take off, but admits that he expected it to happen. He is confident in his abilities and his work ethic and knows he has what it takes to make a difference at the next level. Get the latest on the South Florida standout here.

"I've been stacking up a few offers. I've had Florida, Florida State, Miami. West Virginia, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Washington, and UCF have offered lately," Tyrek Cole said.

"I knew it was going to happen this offseason, I knew I was going to blow up like that this offseason. That's what I've worked for. I know that I can lockdown receivers, so this is what I was waiting for."

The Miramar (Miramar, FL) standout has no leaders but says the "Big Three" in Florida (UF, FSU, Miami) are his favorites right now. He hasn't visited Florida or Florida State, but he's visited Miami and he's quite familiar with the program, especially with a few of his old teammates on the roster.

"I'm close with Tracy Howard, we usually text and we call each other. I see Jermaine Grace at school. Malcolm Lewis sometimes comes back to the school and we talk about stuff," Cole said.

"They say that it's a nice program, the coaching staff is good, the weight training coach is good. Weight training, it plays a big part in your career because you don't want to get hurt or blow out a shoulder or anything like that. They said the weight training program is nice."

A solid weight training program will be a factor in Cole's distant decision, but it won't be the only thing he'll consider.

"First, academics, then playing time, the coaching staff, the weight room, and the facilities (are all important)," he said.

The 5-foot-10, 165-pound corner has been keeping in touch with a few coaches pretty regularly. He mentions South Carolina's Grady Brown, Florida's Travaris Robinson, Miami's Hurlie Brown, UCF's Mike Buscemi, and West Virginia's Erik Slaughter as coaches he's building good relationships with.

"(They like) my work ethic and that I play hard every play," he said.

"The best thing I do at corner is to press and play man coverage. I know how to lock down the best receiver on the opposing team – that's what I do."

This summer, a handful of camps are on Cole's agenda. He'll be at Florida and Florida State and hopes to make it up to South Carolina. FOX Sports NEXT will have you covered for all the latest on the 2015 standout.

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