Beavs land JUCO hoss

OREGON STATE HAS landed Lake Oswego's Michael Cole, a towering offensive tackle currently holding the fort and moving the pile at Foothill College. The 6-foot-7, 295 pound hoss was the Beavers' No. 1 junior college tackle prospect, has droves of athleticism and will head to Oregon State next year in time to take part in the Beavs' spring session.

For much more on Cole, see Chris Fetters' story: Long journey home for Cole.

Oregon State offered the big man about a month ago and yesterday, Cole called up Mike Riley to tell him he was coming to Corvallis.

"I verballed, I'm a Beaver," said Cole. "It came down to coming home and being able to play back in Oregon and secondly, just how excited the coaches were and how much they wanted me to be a Beaver. That was big."

A big bonus, Cole is on pace to receive his AA in time to take part in Oregon State's spring session. He will have two-to-play-two for the Beavs -- he's just starting his second year at Foothill but he spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy prior to junior college.

"I'll be at spring ball for Oregon State," said Cole.

Cole recently found out he was the Beavs top junior college OT target. Besides his uber-athleticism for a tackle, the Beavs liked his wingspan plus the fact that he has the frame to pack on weight and muscle without sacrificing his quicks and lateral movement.

"I guess what they liked was they talked about how athletic I was and how I haven't fully developed yet," said Cole. "How much I already weigh and how much I can move around and not even look like a tackle, was what they said. They want to bring in the guys for the next two years and work with them, get the most out of them."

As a tight end coming out of Lake Oswego High, Cole was a member of the Northwest Hot 100 coming out of high school but his recruitment was slowed by injury.

Playing through a broken ankle at Oregon's football camp prior to his senior year in part probably shuttered hopes of Cole going D-IA out of high school -- but it was also a blessing in disguise as he was able to put on some weight. He's always moved around well for a big man and Washington liked his athleticism but as it would turn out after signing with Portland State, he also needed to buckle down and take care of things in the classroom.

His decision to attend Hargrave followed by junior college paid off in a big way, and he's headed to the Beavs on a full ride.

Michael Cole profile

Brother Travis Cole prepped at Lake Oswego's Lakeridge High before going on to play quarterback at Minnesota.

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