Pos Rank: #5 WR
State Rank: 1
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Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage
His Recruiting Story:
Cole made noise early in his career as a safety and quarterback, but broke onto the scene as a sophomore, playing wide receiver and drawing interest from colleges. Michigan and Michigan State offered and Ohio State extended one in the spring before his junior year. As a junior, he played running back and earned All-State honors. The offers continued to pour in but a late season injury kept him from doing many offseason camps and events. Originally expected to wait on a decision, he committed on a late-July visit to Michigan.
"The M-PACT (The Michigan Professional and Career Transition) program is a tremendous program. That’s one of the things that really excites us about Michigan. (It’s about) taking care of student-athlete part of it and (making sure) that the kids are going to be okay whether they continue to play football or not which is most important. One of the biggest things for us is I like how Shari said football is secondary versus their education. I like that and we believe that as a family, and that’s just really big. We’ve been to some different places and I haven’t really seen a program like that one. So it is really different and it is really appealing."
-- Brian Cole Sr. (father)
Where We've Seen Him:
Columbus NIKE Camp (2013), vs. Midland Dow (2013), NFA 7v7 (2013, 2014), Private Workout (2014)
Cole has a good physical skill set for the position. He has good size, a good build and having seen him run in person, I believe he has the speed to play receiver at a high level.
Of course, he has not played the position a ton yet. He could also play safety, but I still believe his best position will be receiver despite the inexperience. He has the physical tools and his natural ball skills and ability to go up and make catches above his head and outside the radius of "normal" players is there. He will have to polish the position specific skills, namely route-running and blocking, but he is a very hard worker.
His exploits at running back show what his abilities are like after the catch. For a bigger kid, he has good elusiveness and ability to run away from guys in the open field. He has carried the load for his team and has shown toughness and competitiveness.
Overall: A tremendous get for the Wolverines, who at various points in the recruitment, seemed like they may be trailing other schools. There is opportunity for him to come in and compete at receiver and he has the tools and work ethic to compete early. He will have to learn the position, but the way this kid works, it wouldn't be surprising to see him pick it up quickly.