Cole Loving Getting Back to Northern Roots

2014 OL prospect Mason Cole may play his high school football in sunny Florida, but the Tarpon Springs standout is a Midwesterner at heart. With teammate and good friend Artavis Scott by his side he began a trek through the Big Ten region last week that has him thinking longer and harder about heading north for his college career.

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Ohio State was the first stop and it was awesome,” said Cole.  “We got there Friday morning and got a bunch of tours going everywhere on campus and seeing some of the dorms, the academic advisors, all the facilities, the horseshoe… we saw everything.  Then we got to perform in the Horseshoe under the lights and that was awesome.”

The opportunity to compete against other top linemen during Friday Night Lights on the same field that hosted numerous Buckeye greats was the icing on the cake for a youngster that already had Ohio State high on his list.

“They’re definitely one of my top schools,” said Cole regarding the Scarlet & Grey.  “I was born in Chicago so I grew watching the Big Ten.  Playing at a big school like that or Michigan would just be a great opportunity.”

Cole was able to get a better feel for just how great the opportunity in Ann Arbor would be during a two-day visit that culminated with the Wolverines’ annual Barbecue at the Big House.

“Michigan is awesome,” Cole stated.  “Ann Arbor is such a college town.  All they have is the university and they love football there, which is awesome. (Saturday) we got tours of everything.  We went to all of the facilities and we went to the Big House with Coach Montgomery.  It was awesome!  It’s just a home feeling there. We spent Saturday with most of the coaches and it was fun.  They’re just so laid back and are just fun to be around.”

During the barbecue the 6-5, 265-pounder managed to get a similar feel for a number of future Wolverines. It proved to be the perfect capper to memorable trip.

“I met four of the five of the offensive linemen that are committed there for 2013,” he said.  “They were real nice.  We talked briefly.  It was very laid back.”

“I Ioved (the barbecue experience).  Michigan is definitely high (on the list).  I love the home feeling they have in Ann Arbor.  You don’t get that in many other places.”

His East Lake teammate Artavis Scott’s presence at the barbeque rendered the entire trip even more enjoyable. The possibility of attending college together has been a topic of discussion, but it won’t be a deal breaker.

“Whatever happens happens,” said Cole.  “If we don’t decide to go to the same school, it’s not that big of a deal… we’ll stay close.”

For now, though, both talented youngsters are content to enjoy the recruiting ride… a ride that suddenly got a little longer thanks to a recent call from South Bend.

“(The Notre Dame visit) just kind of happened on the fly,” Cole said from South Bend Sunday evening.  “When we were traveling from Ohio State to Michigan my head coach called me and said, ‘listen, the coach at Notre Dame really wants you to stop there too.’ We’re going to Chicago to see my family there. (The Irish) offered me and Tay Saturday morning. (Coach) said, ‘it’s on the way so you can’t really pass that up.’ ”

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for word from Artavious Scott on his visit experience in the hours to come.

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