NC State hasn't targeted very many 6-5 linebackers over the last several years. In fact, former LB/DE Manny Lawson may have been the only one in recent memory to approach that height. However, State is making a serious run at 6-5, 215 pound LB/QB Audie Cole from Monroe (MI) High School.
Timed as low as 4.6-seconds in the 40 yard dash, Cole made his mark for Monroe as a QB. During his three years as the starting QB, Cole threw for 3,285 yards and 23 touchdowns. This season he was named all-region for his play at quarterback and as a defensive back.
It appeared Cole had put a quick end to his recruiting when he committed to Central Michigan back in November. However, when CMU head coach Brian Kelly bolted for the coaching vacancy at Cincinnati, Cole decided to re-evaluate his options. He made an official visit with Cincinnati earlier in January and soon after, a new school emerged on his radar.
After camping with Boston College last summer, Cole was familiar with many of the staff members currently at NC State. New Wolfpack tight ends coach Jim Bridge headed up Cole's recruiting and invited the two-star prospect for an official visit this weekend. Pack Pride caught up with Cole to see if he planned to make the trip.
"Yes, I'm coming down to NC State, and I'll be there Friday through Sunday," said Cole. "They're recruiting me as a linebacker. I've talked to coach Bridge several times on the phone, and he was up here for one of my basketball games. He was supposed to make an in-home visit, but it started to snow so he just came by the school."
Cole added that he's no longer committed to Central Michigan and has narrowed his choices to just two.
"I'm no longer committed to Central Michigan," said Cole. "I'm pretty much down to Cincinnati and NC State. I don't plan to take any more official visits after State."