AUBURN, HILLS, Mich. -- Playing for the Clarkston (Mich.) Wolves, 2015 tight end Cole Chewins knows a thing or two about run blocking and just how important it is to coach Kurt Richardson’s philosophy offensively. Standing 6-foot-7, 210-pounds, Chewins doesn’t have the prototypical frame to blow people off the line up front, but having the mentality is half the battle and benefits every aspect of his game.
“Right now I’m trying to become more physical off the line and create separation,” Chewins told GoBlueWolverine. “I know I have the height as an advantage but I think it’s easier to catch the ball if you have more separation and I want to improve it.
“I think you have to have both sides of the game. I think you have to be able to catch and block as a tight end and with Clarkston being primarily the running game that’s what we’re going to work on, is blocking, and hopefully we can throw the ball a little bit this year.”
This spring and summer, Chewins has the opportunity to showcase his skills as a pass catching tight end, doing just that over Memorial Day weekend at the Midwest Elite 7-on-7 tournament
“Playing with Michigan Elite is great,” said Chewins. “We’re playing with some of the best players in the state and teams from all over the country -- just really good talent.
“Personally I think I’ve done well. It’s a lot more physical playing with older guys but I’ve been kind of used to it playing up on varsity. I really like it and I think it’ll help a lot for the school season and just keeping active.”
Several schools are showing interest in Chewins already, including coaches from Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Bowling Green, and Toledo, though no offers are currently on the table.
The Wolverines stand out to Chewins, and not just because Clarkston wears winged helmets -- his father, Paul, played hockey at the University of Michigan in the early 1980’s.
“I always grew up a fan,” said Chewins. “But I’m open anyway. Obviously I like Michigan but I’d be open to play anywhere as long as they have good academics and a good football team.”
Chewins is planning to camp at both Michigan and Michigan State this summer, as well as compete in Sound Mind Sound Body at Southfield (Mich.) high school in June.
To watch sophomore highlights of Chewins at both tight end and linebacker at Clarkston, press play below.