Cole, an invitee to the 2005 U.S. Army National High School Combine in San Antonio, played both ways this past year. Offensively, he recorded 43 interceptions for 552 yards including 4 TDs. Defensively, as a safety Cole picked off 4 passes. A starter at safety since his So. year, Cole is now beginning to receive significant attention from a number of colleges.
The list of suitors is varied and long, and includes schools spanning both the 1-A and 1-AA ranks. Albany, Monmouth, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Lehigh round out the 1-AA schools with Connecticut, Duke, Penn State, and Rutgers making up the list of 1-A suitors currently expressing interest.
When young prospects reach a certain age and begin to realize their potential in one sport a decision inevitably looms, wherein the athlete may have to decide on one sport over another. For some the decision is postponed until the very end of the recruiting process while for others the decision comes earlier and is coupled with a greater focus and increased attention on improvement in one area.
"Bobby actually had a very good baseball career. He was his high school team's freshman and sophomore year MVP, and he loved playing. But this year he decided to go out for track, and focus more on improving his speed, and he stopped playing baseball," stated Mr. Cole. Cole is currently running high hurdles and intermediate hurdles for Jackson Memorial HS.
Jackson Memorial HS was initially set to camp out at the University of Connecticut this summer but some unexpected circumstances intervened. "Right now, they're talking about going to some local camps, but nothing is really set yet."
Grades can sometimes be an over-riding issue that a prospect may not be able to overcome, but this is certainly not the case with Cole. Cole excels in the classroom, sporting a 3.5 GPA, and has already obtained a qualifying SAT score on both the old and new versions of the exam.
One of the issues of greater importance when the recruiting period begins in full earnest is deciding on whether proximity from home is important.
"Me as a parent, I'd like it to be close to home. But he is interested in any school right now, whether it's 1-A or 1-AA. He just wants the opportunity to play," stated Mr. Cole.
"What I know he wants to do is play football in college. Me, as a father, I want him to get what he wants. I'm not too concerned whether it's 1-A or 1-AA, just as long as he's happy."
In this short clip, for which you will need Microsoft Media Player [Click here to here download the most recent version of Media Player], Cole, with one hand, picks off a pass and returns it 30 yards downfield:
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