The Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage standout scored three touchdowns, had an interception, recovered a fumble and had multiple tackles in the Hawks’ season opening 24-6 win over cross town rival Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill.
Early in the first quarter – Cole who is also Heritage’s punter – botched a low snap, and then, well, he improvised. First he ran left, no room, so then he ran right and took his speed to a new level as he outran the entire Arthur Hill defense for an electrifying 59 yard touchdown run.
“It was just a low snap,” Cole said. “My first instinct is just to run. Whenever I’m scared – just run. Just run, whatever you do, just run to daylight. My dad has been telling me since I was five, just run to daylight.”
At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, Cole has been committed to Michigan since July. A decision, he says, has been a relief and now lets him focus on playing football.
“[My decision was] a lot of weight off my shoulders,” Cole said. “Now I just get to relax and focus on my senior season. And I get to focus on my school year.”
Why ultimately did Cole choose to become a Wolverine?
“It felt like home,” Cole said. “It felt like a big family. The academics, and my parents can come to every game.”
Cole, who is rated a four-star prospect, is rated the No. 1 player in Michigan, and is the No. 6 WR overall in the country, according to the latest Scout.com player rankings.