Cole Loftin: The Next Aledo Athlete

The Texas Longhorns will ink two players from Aledo, Tex. on signing day in OT Kyle Hix and DT Michael Wilcoxon, but the best could be yet to come. Aledo junior QB/RB/WR/FS do-everything athlete Cole Loftin could be on the Longhorns' radar for 2008.

For the 2006 season, Cole Loftin was the Aledo Bearcats' quarterback, but he plays QB because of his sheer athletic talent.

"We play him at quarterback because he's got to touch the ball every play," said Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan. "He scored 21 rushing touchdowns, he threw 7 touchdown pass and then he caught 4 touchdown passes as a receiver."

Loftin isn't physically the largest prospect, but has the speed to play for the best.

"He's a 6-foot, 180-pounder that runs a 4.4 40 and will play wide receiver, probably, in college," said Buchanan.

That's almost the same height, weight and 40-time of a receiver currently on the Texas roster and Buchanan says Loftin reminds him of a high school record-smashing player at UT.

"Cole is a Jordan Shipley-type kid," said Buchanan.

Loftin excelled at the U.S. Army combine in San Antonio and has started to receive attention from top Division I programs, including Texas. The interest is also mutual between Loftin and Texas. Loftin told Inside Texas last month: "I haven't really put it down to a couple of schools, but I really like Texas. I would really like an offense that would get me the ball a lot and play receiver, maybe slot a receiver."

Buchanan doesn't know whether or not the Longhorns will offer his junior star, but says Loftin will definitely make whichever team takes him very happy.

"I'm not sure if Texas is going to take him, but somebody's going to take him," said Buchanan. "He's probably the best all-around football player I've ever coached and I've been around some good ones."

According to Loftin, the junior ran for about 2,000 yards, threw for about 800 and had about 400 receiving yards last season.

Loftin isn't the only D-I prospect on Aledo's roster. OL Ethan McMillan is 6-4, 310 pounds and according to Buchanan has "got a great chance to play Division I football."

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