Some people might know East Mississippi Community College as a junior college football powerhouse, having won three of the past five National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national championships. Others will recognize it from the docu-series on Netflix, Last Chance U. However you are familiar with EMCC, one thing they do is produce next-level talent on the field.
Without a doubt, one of the top JUCOs in the nation, EMCC places roughly 20 athletes at four-year institutions per recruiting cycle. One player that has emerged this season is safety, Brian Cole.
Cole, originally a four-star athlete, signed a letter of intent with Michigan as part of their 2015 recruiting class. He arrived at Michigan as a wide receiver, where he saw limited playing time as a true freshman. Following last season, he transferred away from Michigan to EMCC. Upon arriving, a position switch was made and now Cole is one of the team's leading tacklers.
His success on the field has led to new opportunities for him following this season; one in particular is at Oregon State. Brian and Head Coach Gary Andersen have a relationship dating back to when Andersen was at Wisconsin and Cole was a prep at Heritage High School in Saginaw, Michigan.
Cole's relationship with Coach Andersen was pivotal in his first recruitment as it was the primary reason why the Michigan commit took an official visit to Madison. Although Andersen didn't land a commitment from Cole then, as the head coach of the Beavers he's getting a second opportunity.
"Me and Coach Andersen have been close since he recruited me at Wisconsin," Cole told BeaverBlitz. "I speak with Coach A often and he just tells me about what a great place Corvallis is, but that I really need to come see it for myself. I'm excited to get out there this weekend to do just that."
This time around for Cole, he has a more clear idea of what he wants to find in a program.
"As this is my second time getting to go through the recruiting process, it's not that anything has really changed in how I'm approaching it, I'm just not buying into the lime light. I'm just searching for some truth."
"Heading into this visit, I don't know what to expect but I'm looking forward to learning everything about OSU and to create a relationship with the people around the program. It's exciting to think about getting out there."
BeaverBlitz will speak with Cole again following his visit to Corvallis.