Cole Waits For Offers

Mike Cole is one of those players who could be a little quicker or a little bigger, and then he'd likely have double-digit scholarship offers already this year.

However, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Mike Cole, who runs about a 4.8-second 40-yard dash, has gotten a lot of interest from schools but just one offer from Towson State University near Baltimore, Md.

And after visits to Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Rutgers, Syracuse and Maryland, Cole -- a defensive end from North Brunswick, N.J. High School -- must continue to work hard and wait for more news.

"Most schools are talking about playing me on the D-line,'' Cole said. "I'd need to gain about 20 pounds or so to play on the inside or get a little quicker to play on the edge. So, I'm kind of in between those. Either way, though, I'm pretty close. So, I'll just keep working hard, and we'll see what happens.

"(But) I really like Pitt a lot. They've got a good football program, great facilities and excellent coaches. It's a place I'd like to play. If they offer me a scholarship, I'd be very interested in considering Pitt. So, like I said, we'll see what happens after I play a few games this season.''

Cole couldn't make it to town for Pitt's Prospects Camp, but he came down the next day for the regular camp and worked out with several Panthers coaches and enjoyed the one-on-one attention.

"I had a real good experience,'' Cole said. "I got to work a lot with Pitt's D-line coach (Greg Gattuso), and things went real well. I had a good work out. I was happy with it, and I think I helped myself a lot with this workout.''

Cole has been working out a lot since school ended, and he's looking forward to a big senior seasons at North Brunswick High School.

"A lot of schools have been talking to me, Pitt, Rutgers, Syracuse and Northwestern have been talking with me a lot,'' Cole said. "Coach Johns from Northwestern, we've been e-mailing back and forth. He told me to stay in touch, so that's what I'm doing with all the schools.''

And maybe the next time one calls it will be with a scholarship offer.

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