Kansas wanted a versatile defensive back, and it just so happened that Antonio Cole was set on the Jayhawks, so when he visited Lawrence a couple weekends back, it was all but assured he would commit.
“I had my mind set on them before even going. The coaches are like a family. The players and the coaches work well together,” Cole said. “The facilities are awesome. But I’m looking for a good team. They did everything together. I talked to all the coaches and got a really good vibe.”
The huge group of Kansas commits and prospects enjoyed the KU basketball game against Texas at Allen Fieldhouse.
“It was the coolest basketball game I’ve ever been to. It was so loud and crazy,” Cole said. “I met the basketball players later when the guys went out. It was great meeting them.”
Cole came down to Iowa State, Minnesota and Kansas.
“KU is close to home, and I have family in Kansas — that’s the place for me,” Cole said.
Cole will have three years of eligibility left after one year at the JUCO level, and can play both safety and cornerback.
“Coach Bowen plans on using me in a few different positions,” Cole said. “I trust that he knows what he’s doing.”
He plans to hit Lawrence in early June, but will work on staying in shape between now and then.
“I take pride in my training, and train on my own,” Cole said. “Right now my focus is on school and in my training.”
“My football IQ. My intelligence,” Cole said about his strengths on the field. “I’ve played both positions, and I believe I dominated at both positions.
“I love to guard their best man. I take pride in that. I believe football is emotional, and man-to-man brings out those emotions. You have to battle day-in and day-out.”