The NFL high school 7on7 was held this past weekend in Cleveland, and all 32 cities were represented…
NFL 7v7: Brian Cole
Brian Cole made a case for the top overall performer at this past weekend's NFL high school 7on7 in Cleveland. The Saginaw Heritage 2015 prospect helped lead his team to the title, staring at both wide receiver and safety. Cole, 6-foot-2, 205-pounds, is coming off an impressive summer camp tour and he is now looked at as one of the top juniors in the Midwest. "I had great camps at Nike, Sound Mind Sound Body and the NFL camp," Cole stated. "I also went to Michigan State's camp where I worked out, and I went to Michigan with my mom but didn't work out." "My mom wanted to see the campus and discuss the academic part of Michigan, and that went really well," he added. "We sat in the academic office and met with counselors for over an hour, and she was impressed. That's all my mom really cares about. Michigan was my first offer and I like them a lot. They are recruiting me as a wide receiver." "I like all the schools that have offered, and nobody is leading," Cole continued. "Michigan State is great and I worked out as a defensive back for them. Coach (Harlon) Barnett is my guy. Ohio State is also recruiting me as a defensive back, and I like Coach (Kerry) Coombs a lot. I visited Ohio State in the spring and they offered me then. I'd also like to visit Tennessee." With schools recruiting him for different positions, could that make a difference in his recruitment? "It doesn't matter to me what side of the ball schools want me to play," Cole admitted. "I'm going to be playing both ways this year, and I love playing wide receiver and defensive back equally. What will make one school stand out will be early playing time and academics, because my parents will be involved in my decision." EVALUATION: We've seen Cole a lot over the past few months, starting with the Youngstown State 7on7 last spring. His performance at this weekend's NFL 7on7 was even better than what we've seen previously. Team Miami was the overwhelming favorite to take the championship over Team Detroit, and some thought it could be a blowout. But Cole would not let his team lose, and was a near-impossible cover at wide receiver, catching key third down conversions and the go-ahead touchdown. Defensively, he caused problems in the backline at safety with his length and speed, breaking up several passes. Continued improvement will see Cole among the top prospects in the Midwest for the 2015 class.
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