Michael Cole admits he has been to Virginia Tech many times before, so there isn’t much left to see as he looks to decide his college future. The 6-2, 200-pound Cave Spring (Roanoke, VA) linebacker/safety was back in Blacksburg on Saturday, however, for Tech’s one-day camp. He felt good about the visit.
“I just kind of went up there to talk to the coaches to get to know them better,” said Cole, who grew up a Tech fan and has been to games. Last year, he took a thorough tour of the campus. “Coach Beamer and Coach Stinespring, they both reiterated how much they wanted me to come there. That was important for me to hear. The visit was really good, just to get to know them and create a bond.”
One topic of discussion was the grey-shirt. Cole has been offered by Tech as a grey-shirt, meaning he would sign with the Hokies in February but be on scholarship starting in January of 2012.
“Basically, Coach Beamer told me that, in his eyes, it’s a good thing,” Cole said. “A lot of times, freshmen don’t come in and play right away. If that is the case, it may be best to take an extra semester and still come in and have five years left. It sounds pretty good.”
On the academic front, “I don’t find grey-shirting a problem,” Cole says. “I could go to community college or go to Tech next fall and just come on scholarship in January. I don’t think of it as a positive or a negative. It’s kind of neutral.”
Overall, how did the visit impact Cole’s opinion of Tech?
“It definitely helped me with how I see Virginia Tech, but I still want to wait it out this month at least,” Cole said. “I want to be able to make my decision more clearly. Going up to Tech, it opened up my mind and will help me with my decision.”
Cole entered the recruiting process with an open mind, wanting to weigh all options before committing anywhere. Duke and Virginia Tech continue to be the two schools to beat, but he is particularly interested in Virginia and Penn State as well and plans to camp at both this month.
“I’m going to Virginia next Saturday and then after that I’ll head down to Duke for a visit and camp and then make my way up to Penn State to meet with Coach Paterno,” Cole said.
Cole hasn’t been in as much contact with Virginia recently, but says, “They seem real interested...
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