Cole Scores New Offers, Moves Towards Decision

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Cave Spring (Roanoke, VA) star Michael Cole had a good week last week, scoring two more official scholarship offers. The 6-2, 200-pound linebacker/safety prospect now boasts five FBS scholarship offers including Duke, Maryland, Ohio, Virginia and Virginia Tech with Maryland and Virginia being the two most recent.

Cole, a rising senior, received the UVa offer last Saturday after performing well at Virginia’s rising junior/rising senior one-day camp.

“Coach London talked to me and my parents after the camp and said I had a home there,” recalled Cole, who was pulled aside by defensive coordinator Jim Reid for an individual workout midway through the camp. “He said he wasn’t trying to rush my decision, but he said they do have a lot of commitments right now. He said they want me bad so I should try to make a decision soon, which I do plan on doing anyway. After I visit Penn State, I could be ready to decide at the end of June or in July.

“It was great talking to Coach London. I talked to him throughout the camp and it was great.”

Cole certainly was pleased to receive the offer, but in general he had a great day in Charlottesville.

“I was really impressed with the whole coaching staff,” Cole said. “I think that Coach London and the staff are really something special. It was a really great experience working with them. I feel like the whole coaching staff has a lot of energy and enthusiasm. They make football fun and they also teach you everything it takes to go to the next level. I think Coach London and the staff have a lot going for them.”

Now that an offer is in, where does Virginia stand?

“I think UVa, from what I saw and in working with them, jumped up a lot after last weekend,” said Cole, who had Duke and Virginia Tech atop his list prior to the UVa camp. “I’d say Virginia is really high on my list, possibly number one just from talking to everybody. Feeling the energy there, it’s something special.”

Cole further discussed Duke, the school he visited yesterday, and Virginia Tech, where he visited on June 5.

“I had a really great visit there too,” Cole said, referring to Duke. “I talked to Coach Cutcliffe a lot. With Duke, academically