Cole: 'I Can't Wait'

Monroe (MI) athlete Audie Cole inked with NC State in February and he was in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's annual Red/White Game.

"I was down there for the spring game," Audie Cole told Pack Pride. "I had a good time. I was surprised about how many people were there for the game. I didn't think they would have that many for a scrimmage but they did.

"I did get to meet some other recruits... mainly the ones I met on my first recruiting trip. Basically everyone I met during my recruiting trip was back there for the spring game."

At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Cole is a versatile athlete who played both ways for Monroe High School, but he made his mark for Monroe as a quarterback.

During his three years as the starting quarterback, Cole threw for 3,285 yards and 23 touchdowns. This past season he was named all-region for his play at quarterback and as a defensive back.

Because of his size, toughness, and 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash, Cole was recruited to play outside linebacker at NC State. That is exactly what he wants to do.

"They liked how big I am and how fast I am," said Cole. "My fastest 40 was a 4.62, and I think they said they want me at 240 pounds so I can play linebacker. I'm pretty excited about it. I've always loved playing defense. I played quarterback and that was alright but defense was my favorite thing to do. You just kind of react to everything and hit people."

Cole originally committed to Central Michigan but started to look around when CMU's head coach bolted to Cincinnati. A major factor in his eventual decision to sign with NC State was the Wolfpack's coaching staff.

"I like the coaches a lot," he said. "I like coach O'Brien. He's a real down-to-earth guy. He's real straightforward and a cool person. Coach Bridge was my recruiting coach, and he is a lot like coach O'Brien. They don't seem like they 'BS' you too much. They are just real straightforward instead of beating around the bush."

Cole will enroll at NC State for the second summer session so he can get an early headstart on fall practice.

"I move down there June 30th," he stated. "I can't wait. I can't wait to get out of town and get down there."

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