Focus '07: Mike Cole

Mike Cole, by way of North Brunswick HS [North Brunswick, NJ], is a 6-foot-3 and 255-pound lineman that plays on the offensive and defensive lines for his HS squad. Cole is just now entering his Junior year but is already seeing significant interest from a number of programs.

Mike Cole stands at 6-foot-3 and 255-pounds. While he maxes out at 320-pounds on the bench, the North Brunswick athlete puts up 185-pounds an impressive 25 repetitions. Additionally, he squats 530-pounds and this past spring he was clocked at a 4.4 in the shuttle. What's drawing eyeballs to North Brunswick HS and what has many college coaches asking for game and highlight tapes is the fact that Cole is only a junior, is still growing, and has a nice frame with plenty of room for additional bulk.

SOR first had their opportunity to see Cole at the Rutgers camp this past summer. Displaying good footwork and impressive strength, Cole dominated his group.

"The Rutgers camp was a very good experience for me. I had a chance to work with the coaches and I really think I learned a lot," stated Cole.

Among the staffs that have already inquired about game/highlight tapes include Rutgers, Connecticut, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Temple, Florida State, Boston College, and a number of 1-AA programs. Cole has yet to take any unofficial trips at this point in time but is currently planning out his schedule for the remainder of the fall. His first such unofficial visit will be this upcoming weekend as Cole and his family will be traveling to Piscataway, New Jersey, to see the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in action.

Still at the infancy of his recruiting process, Cole remains wide open to all schools open to him. Given the select interest he has received thus far, Cole had a number of things to say about the programs currently showing him the most interest.

Rutgers - "I would like to stay close to home because it would give my family and my friends an opportunity to come see me. Also, it's a rising program with a lot going for it."

Wisconsin - "They're in the Big 10 and there's a lot of competition there and you always want to go up against the best."

Syracuse - "They're also pretty close to home and they were one of my favorite teams when I was younger."

Temple - "The coaching staff really seems to want to turn things around there."

Florida State - "The offensive line coach down there [Coach Trickett] is one of the best and the way to improve is to try and learn from the best."

Boston College - "It's a great academic situation there and they also have a very good football program also."

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