Michigan fans aren’t the only ones waiting with bated breath for answer on who the Wolverines next coach will be. The Maize & Blue’s highest rated remaining commitment, four-star wideout Brian Cole, is on pins and needles too. Until a verdict is rendered his future plans are in a bit of a holding pattern.
“We’re still waiting to see who ends up in Michigan,” Coles’ father said. “Hopefully we’ll know sooner rather than later. With no coach in place we have no idea what the plan is.”
“We want the opportunity to sit down and talk to the coach. That’s an important piece.”
There won’t be an opportunity to physically sit down with whomever Michigan hires before Cole’s early enrollment because of the NCAA mandated dead period that lasts until January 15th. However, the Coles would be able to have a phone conversation. That’s assuming that Interim Athletic Director Jim Hackett follows through on his promise to the current team to have a coach in place by the time the winter semester begins on January 7th. The limiting factor for Coles is closer to that date a hire happens the tighter the window will be to have that important conversation. While that’s clearly a concern, the elder Cole says his family isn’t overly stressed.
“We have time,” Mr. Cole said.
That’s because the conversation will be almost entirely about football. The non-football factors that went into picking Michigan are still present. None were/are more vital than academics.
"The M-PACT (The Michigan Professional and Career Transition) program is a tremendous program,” Mr. Cole told GoBlueWolverine last spring. “That’s one of the things that really excites us about Michigan. (It’s about) taking care of student-athlete part of it and (making sure) that the kids are going to be okay whether they continue to play football or not which is most important. One of the biggest things for us is I like how Shari said football is secondary versus their education. I like that and we believe that as a family, and that’s just really big. We’ve been to some different places and I haven’t really seen a program like that one. So it is really different and it is really appealing."
All the Wolverines’ new headman will have to do is assure Cole that he will have a chance to compete for an impactful role on offense. That shouldn’t be a tough promise to make and ultimately keep.
“(Cole) has the physical tools and his natural ball skills and ability to go up and make catches above his head and outside the radius of ‘normal’ players is there,” Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu said. “He will have to polish the position specific skills, namely route-running and blocking, but he is a very hard worker.”
“His exploits at running back show what his abilities are like after the catch. For a bigger kid, he has good elusiveness and ability to run away from guys in the open field. He has carried the load for his team and has shown toughness and competitiveness.”
To hear more about Cole in his own word check out the Scout.com spotlight video feature below.