Cave Spring Star Discusses Decision

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Michael Cole announced tonight that Virginia Tech is where he will spend his college career. The decision ultimately came down to Tech and Penn State with the Hokies emerging as the pick one week ago.

“I let the Virginia Tech coaches know about a week ago,” said Cole, a 6-2, 200-pound linebacker/safety prospect out of Cave Spring High School (Roanoke, VA). “I called Coach Stinespring and he was very excited. I did ask him to keep it confidential since I was announcing this week, so I’ll give him a call this week to talk again. Coach Beamer was great. They were just very excited and I think they have a lot of plans for me.”

The decision was one that ultimately came down to a feeling.

“I went up to camp at Penn State several weeks ago and had a great visit. I have a good relationship with all their coaches. Driving back from that visit, I thought Penn State might’ve been the place, but I still had a couple of questions about Tech,” Cole said. “I wanted to make an educated decision and even it out. I had a couple of questions academically. I went back there and they addressed those. I came back home and just relaxed and looked at my options. I think at that point it was really just a gut feeling and what was deep down. And I’m really happy with my decision.

“It’s good to get it off my chest, I guess, to know I’ve got a home at Virginia Tech.”

Cole discussed the questions he had regarding Virginia Tech.

“It was not necessarily anything specific,” said Cole, who carries close to a 4.0 GPA. “I’m thinking Pre-Med or Biology for my major. We talked about course of study and how Tech could help me get to where I want to get to. After that, I was able to look at Penn State and Virginia Tech and make a more even assessment.”

Cole’s recruitment heated up this spring and summer, when schools including Connecticut, Duke, Maryland, Penn State, Virginia and Virginia Tech, among others, offered scholarships. The Roanoke native was certainly pleased