Cole Earns New Offer, Decision Coming Soon

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Cave Spring (Roanoke, VA) linebacker/safety Michael Cole scored another FBS offer this past weekend and now will look towards deciding his college future. The 6-2, 200-pound rising senior could make a commitment within the next couple of weeks.

Penn State, a school the talented prospect visited twice last week, is the latest FBS offer for the Roanoke standout.

“Penn State was great,” Cole said. “It was a lot of fun. I went up on Wednesday to visit and talk with Coach Paterno. I went back up on Saturday for a one-day camp and ran around. I did some one-on-one drills and some 7-on-7 and competed. At the end, they said they were going to offer.”

Another recent development has come from Virginia Tech, which had offered Cole as a grey-shirt prior to last week.

“I went to visit Virginia Tech on Monday before I left for Penn State and expressed my concerns with the grey-shirt and coming in January,” said Cole. “They said immediately it was something they could work out. If there is an issue, they said they could fix it and they are more than happy to have me come in August. It was good. It’s special to already have a relationship where I can come in with an issue, talk about it and they can fix it.”

Cole was offered by UVa head coach Mike London after UVa’s June 12 camp and came away speaking very highly on his experience with the coaches.

“I still have the same thoughts about them,” Cole said. “Virginia has a great coaching staff and it’s a great institution. I think they’ll be a great football team in the future. I like everything Virginia has to offer, the special things about the place and the exciting future there.”

Connecticut, Duke and Maryland are among the other offers as well. Cole does not rule those programs out at this time.

“Duke, Maryland and U-Conn might be a little lower on the list right now,” he said. “Maybe my top three is Tech, UVa and Penn State (in

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