At 6-foot-6, 210-pounds, Cone is an impressive physical specimen. Combine a strong arm, and solid mechanics and it's surprising he's received only one scholarship offer to date – from Eastern Kentucky.
Cone has flown under the radar, in part, because his high school team employs the wish-bone offense – a system about as unfriendly to drop-back quarterbacks as former Pro-Bowl defensive end Reggie White. Anyone familiar with the dynamics of that run-oriented system quickly understand why Cone's skills – and ability – haven't been fully appreciated in recruiting circles just yet.
But that may be changing – soon.
Over the weekend, Cone, who threw for 1,015 yards and eight touchdowns as junior, made a favorable impression at the University of Louisville's elite football camp. And though he wasn't the biggest name among the quarterback attendees – not with Neil Caudle and Earl Alexander present – it appears Cone performed well enough to boost his stock in the eyes of the Cardinals' coaching staff.
"It went good," Cone said of his play at U of L's camp. "I had a great time. I got to talk with Coach Petrino and he told me that we should stay in touch. He wants me to call every week and keep them up-to-date. He said that I did real well."
With a busy slate of camps planned in the near future – he'll attend Georgia Tech's this Friday, Auburn's on Saturday, and Mississippi State's next Monday, and may try to attend EKU's camp this Sunday - Cone will have plenty of other opportunities in the next few weeks to boost his stock with college coaches.
"If I continue to do well at these camps I think things will really pick up with my recruitment," said Cone. "I really like Louisville and Mississippi State. Basically, I'm interested in the schools that show interest in me."
As for the Cardinals, Cone said he was quite impressed with Bobby Petrino's program after making the trip to Louisville.
"It's a beautiful place, and I really loved the stadium," he said. "They have the No. 1 offense, a great coaching staff, and excellent facilities. I'll probably take one of my visits to Louisville in the fall."