Michigan's 12-10 victory over Michigan State Saturday night might not have been the most entertaining game to watch for an offensive skill position player. Ask East Lake (FL) High School offensive lineman Mason Cole and its obvious the physicality the Wolverines played with for 60 minutes is right up his alley.
"There were a couple scuffles and stuff and that's how I like to play so it was exciting," Cole told GoBlueWolverine. That's the thing I like about it. I could see myself playing for a team like this."
After making the long trek north for an unofficial visit with Michigan for the annual BBQ at the big house at the end of June, Cole knew he had to make a return trip when Michigan stadium was filled with more than just ribs, coaches and other recruits.
"I was here this summer and just really enjoyed it," said Cole. "I saw the big house and everything and just wanted to come here for a game and see the whole atmosphere."
"It was exciting," added Cole. "The big win and everything and everyone charging the field. It was crazy. I felt like I was a fan. I had to control myself a little bit."
One young man who couldn't contain his affinity for the Wolverines Saturday is 2014 offensive tackle Denzel Ward who comes in at 6'8, 290 pounds. Cole had a chance to meet up with Michigan's newest commitment as well as the rest of the incoming 2013 offensive linemen.
"I met Denzel Ward," said Cole. "He just committed here today and a couple other linemen for 2013. We just talked for a little bit and it was good."
"It was nice just talking to them," added Cole. "It feels like home here so we'll see how it goes."
Cole still plans on making at least two more visits for games this fall and includes Michigan in a group of three that undoubtedly will be in this recruitment until the end.
"The two big ones are USC and Notre Dame," said Cole. "Kind of the same as Michigan. Just trying to stay in touch with them so these are my three schools that I stay in touch with the most and we'll just see how it goes at the end of the season."
As for how impactful the Michigan visit was for Cole, a Chicago native, the 6'4, 260 pounder made it clear he has the maize and blue on his mind.
"It helped a lot," said Cole. "I still have a couple games to go to the rest of this year and then after the season we'll figure it out and, maybe I'll be a Wolverine."
Cole still has plenty to worry about on the field for East Lake first and foremost, as they look to make a run at a state championship with the playoffs starting in just a few weeks.
"We're 6-2 right now and in two weeks we play for the district championship," said Cole. "We're going to the playoffs this year so we'll see how we do there and make a run for it again."
"This is my best year by far of course," added Cole on his own game. "Just being a leader and playing and having fun out there."
U-M "feels like home" to '14 OL Mason Cole
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