Chris Cole High On Virginia Tech

Chris Cole, Virginia Tech
Chris Cole has a Virginia Tech offer. (@Chris_Cole3)

Chris Cole
Linebacker, Class of 2024
Salem High School, Salem, VA
6-3, 185

At the moment, Salem (Va.) linebacker Chris Cole has just one FBS scholarship offer, but that offer is a big one.

Cole participated in Virginia Tech’s June 3 prospect camp. When he returned for a visit on June 16, to talk further with the coaching staff, he was given an offer from the Hokies. Cole said he remains vigilant, with more visits and conversations with coaches aside from Virginia Tech. And he’s hopeful more movement could be coming with his recruitment.

“I feel like my process is going good,” Cole said. “These last few weeks, I’ve been getting more DMs and interest. I’m just ready to show my talents for this junior season and hopefully I’ll get some more.”

Last month, Cole was back in Blacksburg, and between those visits and regular communication, he said he feels like his relationship with the Hokies has blossomed.

“Right now, they stand No. 1,” Cole said. “I’ve visited three or four times. A month ago, I was at the barbecue and the coaches were cool. I just loved the atmosphere there. The next day, I went to go lift and we did the bod pod, the assessment on my body. Right now, I’m on a regular diet.”

While others have looked at Cole as a safety, Virginia Tech sees him as an outside linebacker. He said he and defensive coordinator Chris Marve, his primary recruiter, have talked about that and other topics.

“We actually have a good relationship,” Cole said. “I think we’ll talk the next few days. He and Coach AJ [Hampton*] want to talk with me after practice. I get a good vibe. He knows a lot of stuff and if I went there, he could teach me a lot of stuff. He just seems like a good person in general.”

*AJ Hampton is a graduate assistant from Daleville, VA.

Cole said proximity to home is also quite appealing.

“My family can come see me and go to the games at home,” he said. “It is very close and convenient. It’s just not a far drive. I really like the idea of playing close to home. I can still come back.”

On Sept. 10, Cole said he plans to attend the Hokies’ home-opener against Boston College. Before that, on Sept. 1 he’ll be at Wake Forest for the Deacons’ season-opener against VMI.

“During the winter, Coach (Wayne) Lineburg came to my school and was recruiting me,” Cole said of Wake Forest. “I went to a one-day camp and talked with the head coach (Dave Clawson) and him. He said he’d love to have me back in the fall and get to know them. They said they’d evaluate my junior film and we’d see what comes after that.”

Cole said he’s also coordinating a game to attend at Notre Dame. He camped with the Irish in June and though they’ve yet to offer, he’s stayed in regular contact.

“After the camp, I got a tour and they said they’d recruit me and look at my junior film,” Cole said. “They wanted me back for a visit and a game. I loved the environment and the buildings they have. The staff was good and I learned lots of stuff. I played safety and linebacker when I was there.”

Other schools, like Penn State, Tennessee and Liberty have also remained in contact. It’s a bit early to make much headway of his recruitment, but Cole said he plans to take more visits this fall, to get a feel for other possible options.

“I’m looking for the education and the facility,” he said. “All around, it’s just the coaches and how they do their program. But mainly education, because I want a good education