Scouting Report: Saginaw Heritage-Midland Dow

Scout.com traveled to Saginaw on Friday to see Heritage High's four-star junior Brian Cole as his Hawks squad took on Midland Dow. Here is our report on how he looked along with a young Dow prospect to keep an eye on.

Brian Cole was our main focus in this game. We currently project him to wide receiver in college, but he plays running back and deep safety for Heritage right now.

A recently verified 207-pounds, he carries that weight extremely well. He will be able to easily get bigger over the next few years. Dow made it their mission to contain him and he still gained 111 yards on 20 carries, although the long runs he has had throughout this season were absent.

He did show good feet and elusiveness for a kid of his size. He can make people miss and cut back and change directions like a smaller player. Defensively, where he had 10 tackles, he showed excellent closing speed and a lot of effort in pursuit. That extra gear and acceleration was surprising and impressive.

The question becomes, what is he at the next level? He could play on offensive as a wide receiver or even a slot/running back hybrid. On defense, he could be a safety or even an outside linebacker. In our opinion, given his size and skill set, wide receiver or linebacker are where his upside may be greatest.

For Dow, the kid to watch is sophomore receiver Michael Robb. He's tall (6-6/185) and knows how to use that size, going high to catch one jump all. He also showed pretty good athleticism and run after the catch ability for a bigger kid. We believe he could eventually grow into a tight end, but a bright young prospect either way.

Senior quarterback Brennan Miller is mobile, smart, and although he is undersized, should be a kid the Division-II GLIAC schools take a hard look at.


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