After decommitting from Florida State, Tyrek Cole has been weighing his options, but West Virginia was never far from the top of his list. He chose the Mountaineers on Monday evening, joining high school teammate Kendrell McFadden, Jovon Durante, Alex Anderson and Khalil Lewis in the Class of 2015.
"I've been thinking about it for about a month," Cole told Amy Campbell of Scout.com. "We do talk about [all five of us being on the same team], and now we are ready to make it happen at West Virginia. I think I can help the West Virginia, and I'll get a chance to play with my head coach again."
Cole's reference of former coach Damon Cogdell, who is now a Mountaineer assistant, obviously was a factor in the choice, but he said that it was just one part, and named other coaches as reasons for his choice.
"Of course having Coach Cogdell played a role, but all of them, Coach Holgorsen, [Tony Gibson] and all those guys were important. And the way they played against Alabama, they showed they are on the rise."
Cole gives West Virginia another cornerback in the class, and one that uses both speed and good technique to lock down opposing receivers. He's not the most imposing physical specimen on the field, but plays with an aggressive edge that should be even more imposing as he adds weight and strength.
"Cole possesses good speed, quick feet and shows the ability to flip his hips and change directions," notes Scout.com. "He plays with very good instincts and coverage awareness, whether he's playing man or zone. He has long arms and does a very good job of playing the ball in the air."
Cole noted he will take a visit as soon as he can, when his schedule and that of West Virginia's permits him to get to campus. He is a Scout.com four star prospect ranked as the #12 cornerback nationally, and also as the #99 overall player nationally.