Cole Enjoys Army Experience, Talks Campbell

U-M OT commit Mason Cole talks Army Bowl, Malik McDowell, George Campbell and more. W/VIDEO

SAN ANTONIO –The West defeated the East 28-6 in the 14th annual U.S. Army All American Bowl Saturday, and while Mason Cole's East squad didn't come out on top, he came away with nice experience going against the nation's best.

"It was awesome," Cole said, who played most he game at offensive guard. "This was the first time, at least this year, that I had to challenge myself and push myself. Everyone here is great player. So you are going the best in the country. It was a good experience. You get better for these five practices and for this game. I feel like this will help a lot as I go into college."

At 6-foot-5, 265-pounds, Cole is committed to Michigan and will start classes on Wednesday. During the game he had opportunity to lineup against four-star DE Malik McDowell, who is one Michigan's last remaining prospects for this year's class.

"Going against guys like (McDowell) that make you so much better of player," Cole said. "Just going against someone like Malik, it's fun to go against him, you never know, you might be playing against him on the same team or even against him."

Did Cole give McDowell his best recruiting pitch?

"I didn't spend much time with him," Cole said. "You know, cause he's on the West. We spent some time together, but not too much. I just told him ‘Go Blue!' I told him to make the right decision. So will see what happens."

Cole, who starred at Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake, was a big reason behind the commitment of his high school teammate and 2015 WR George Campbell to Michigan, who has since decommited from the Wolverines in the past month.

Cole gave his insight on the Campbell recruiting situation: "He committed really early. And he knew that and I knew that – I think everyone kind of knew that. I think he just needs some time to think about it and make sure Michigan is the right place. And now he wants his family to go see some places with him. The family wants to make sure Michigan is the right place. I think will get him back – will see.

"He's so young, he missed out on seeing so much. I think he just wants to experience it a little more. I think he'll make the right decision and committing back to Michigan. But will see."

In the meantime, Cole says he focused on getting his Michigan career started.

"I'm just going to do my best and work hard and do my best all the time," Cole said. "Rather it's in practice or in a game, you know? I just plan on pushing myself as hard as I can and try to be the next great to come out of Michigan.

"I feel like I'll start out at tackle. You never know, things can change in college. I see myself as a tackle. It really doesn't matter when you go to college, you can play any position."

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