The relationship between Fresno State and El Cerrito (Calif.) athlete Damon Cole Jr. had been building up for quite some time, with new Bulldog wide receiver coach Burl Toler being the main guy inquiring about the 2017 star in the last month.
Now, Fresno State decided to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer for the three-way prospect on June 8.
Cole, who combined for 1,640 all-purpose yards and 19 touchdowns for the Gauchos last season, said he’s high on Fresno State especially since the ‘Dogs have officially made a move on Cole.
“Now that they have offered, they will automatically be in my top five list,” Cole told Barkboard.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Cole is currently sitting at 10 offers, six of them coming from Mountain West programs ranging from Utah State, Hawaii and Wyoming.
Cole, though, said he’s become more attracted to Fresno State due to his bond with Toler, who joined the FS staff on Feb. 3 after his three-year stint with Cal.
“My relationship with coach Toler is really good. He checks in on me about my school, sports, and life,” Cole said.
He adds that new offensive coordinator Eric Kiesau has started to build a rapport with him as well and that the Bulldogs envision Cole catching the football on offense.
Cole wants to decide on which college to verbally commit to after the summer.
Said Cole: “I will be waiting to commit maybe until mid-season or around the first couple of games [of my senior year].”