Dynamic ATH at Aledo High

Aledo High School is always a hot spot in the recruiting world. The Texas Longhorns already have commitments from two seniors from a very talented team. The junior class at Aledo is also very strong and is led by quarterback Cole Loftin. Head Coach Tim Buchanan raved about Loftin?s versatility and talked about several other juniors that should receive Division I interest.

Cole Loftin can do just about anything on the football field. He can play defense and just about any skill position on offense. He has already recorded touchdowns throwing, running and catching this year. He is a very good athlete and will probably play wide receiver on the next level.

"As a sophomore last year, he played free safety for us, but he led the team in receiving, rushing and scoring even tough he didn't start," Buchanan said. "This year, he is leading the team in rushing with 800 yards. He also plays receiver and is leading the team in receiving. When we want him to run the ball, he plays quarterback. When we want him to catch it, he plays receiver. He has six touchdowns rushing, two touchdowns receiving, and one touchdown throwing."

Loftin is already hearing from a number of college football programs. One school in particular is recruiting him very hard.

"We have two seniors that are already committed to Texas (defensive tackle Michael Wilcoxon and offensive lineman Kyle Hix). They came down for the Weatherford game and liked what they saw from Cole, but they are not actively recruiting him yet," Buchanan said. "He is getting a ton of letters from Purdue. He gets about two or three a week from them. Everybody is sending him mail."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Loftin runs the 40-yard dash in 4.45 seconds. His versatility should land him a number of offers over the next couple of months.

Ryan McGuire is another kid that plays both ways at Aledo. The 5-foot-10, 175 pound McGuire will probably play defensive back in college.

"He started at corner last year, but we had to move him to offense because we didn't have a running back. He is a 4.48 kid and has a real good vertical leap," Buchanan said.

"We have a big offensive guard named Ethan McMillan," Buchanan said. "He does a great job of base blocking in a zone blocking scheme. His feet are getting better. He is a big, thick kid. He is pretty dang good at guard right now, but we are just trying to work on his feet."

The 6-foot-4, 320-pound McMillan definitely has the size to play on the next level. With another year left to develop, he could become a very good offensive lineman.


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