Cave Spring (Roanoke, VA) star Michael Cole , the #17 player in the state in TechSideline.com’s Preseason Top 40, is a Hokie. The 6-2, 200-pound linebacker/safety announced his choice this evening, during Greg Roberts’ radio show in Roanoke.
Cole chose Virginia Tech over Penn State, but he also held offers from Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and VMI. Earlier this spring, Cave Spring head coach Tim Fulton discussed what makes his standout defender so special.
“Number one, what makes Michael special that a lot of people don’t realize is he triple jumped almost 44 feet as a freshman,” Fulton said. “That’s a very good jump as a freshman. He is the first athlete to have a shot at breaking Tiki Barber’s school triple jump record. Once he did that, we knew Michael was a tremendous athlete. What really started garnering the attention of college coaches was when he ran a 4.49 in the 40 at a Nike Combine. He is right at 6-2, 200 pounds. The speed he showed started flipping a lot of switches right there. He’s a multisport athlete. He plays basketball as well. He does a great job for us at linebacker or safety. We move him wherever we need to make things happen.”
An excellent student, Cole carries close to a 4.0 GPA.
Virginia Tech now boasts nine commitments in its 2011 class. Cole is the fifth in-state commitment for the Hokies, joining Dinwiddie stars Chris Hall and Corey Marshall, Nansemond River (Suffolk) defensive end Dewayne Alford and South County (Lorton) safety/linebacker Ronny Vandyke. Seven out of the nine commits are projected on the defensive side of the ball.
Stay tuned to TSL Pass for more on Cole’s decision, hopefully as early as this evening.