Cave Spring (Roanoke, VA) junior Michael Cole received big news last week, when one of the top schools on his list extended a scholarship offer. The 6-2, 200-pound linebacker/safety, who now has three FBS scholarship offers in the fold, does not plan on committing soon but is pleased with the new offer.
“I was informed by [Cave Spring] Coach [Tim] Fulton [last] Monday that Virginia Tech was going to give me an offer,” said Cole, who believes he is being pursued by Tech as a Whip linebacker. “It’s exciting. They did say it would be a grey-shirt offer because they have limited scholarships. That’s not final and it could change, but for now they are offering me as a grey-shirt.”
Virginia Tech is currently one of the top two schools on Cole’s list.
“I’m very happy and very excited about the offer,” Cole said. “I’ve always been a fan or a follower of Virginia Tech. It’s exciting. I also have been offered by Duke. Tech and Duke are high on my list right now. I’d say they are about even.”
The fact that Tech is offering as a grey-shirt – he’d sign in February of 2011 but enroll in January of 2012 – does not seem to be a big issue for the Roanoke standout.
“The grey-shirt is something I need to look more into in terms of the details about it, but as far as I know I don’t think it’s a bad thing,” Cole said. “The Tech coaches have limited scholarships and they are trying to get me in. I don’t view it as a negative.”
Eyeing a state championship for his team, Cole would like to pick his college destination before the start of football season or early on in football season. He is anxious to see which other schools offer and Penn State and Virginia are two of the schools showing heavy interest.
“UVa has shown a lot of interest,” Cole said. “They could be close to offering, but I don’t know that for sure.
“I talked to Coach London last month and he said he wasn’t sure what position they were recruiting me to play. He wasn’t sure if it would be for linebacker or safety. He said they would want to see me in camp so they could figure out where to put me on their board.”
Cole was asked to compare Virginia and Virginia Tech, which are both very much...
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