Catching Up With The 2011 Class: Cole, Harley, Vandyke

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In this first installment of “Catching Up With The 2011 Class,” Cave Spring (Roanoke, VA) safety/linebacker Michael Cole gives insight into Virginia Tech’s spring practices, Warren Central (Indianapolis, IN) defensive tackle Kris Harley talks leaving home, and South County (Lorton, VA) safety Ronny Vandyke provides the latest on his status.


Enrollment date: Not sure

Latest height and weight: “I’m still lifting, working out hard. I’m going to let my body go where it will go,” Cole said. “I’m putting on a little bit of weight. I think I’ll go in around 210 pounds. I can play safety or linebacker at that weight. I’m at 200 right now. I’m trying to stay in shape.”

Michael Cole has a case of senioritis.

“I’m definitely ready for college,” he said. “The last nine weeks is kind of a drag.”

Virginia Tech’s spring practice has come at just the right time, it seems. The 6-2 senior has made the short drive from Roanoke to Blacksburg at least five times to see his future teammates and coaches take part in spring practice, and he has gained valuable experience as a result.

“I sit in on meetings, which start around 5:30. I sit in on special teams meetings. I go to position meetings,” Cole said. “Right now, I sit with the defensive backs primarily to start. I’ve watched film. I’ve tried to pick up as much as I can, so when I do get there it won’t all be new stuff. I want to be able to contribute as fast as I can. I’m asking questions and stuff. I go out and watch practice. I get mental reps in, trying to pick up as much as I can.”

Cole has come a long way since the first spring practice he attended.

“When I first got there, I was extremely lost,” Cole said with a laugh. “I was lost mentally, but also with the players, too. I didn’t know anyone. Things are clearer to me now. The terminology, I’ll recognize some of the stuff they talk about. I think I have a lot to work on and a lot to learn. From a player perspective, I’ve gotten to meet and know some of the current