Brian Cole had options from across the country. The nation's number five receiver, the 6-2, 210-pound Saginaw Heritage product had multiple major offers, but chose to stay in his home state and committed to Michigan on Saturday.
"First off, I loved ever school that offered me a scholarship," he said. "All the coaches and staffs and supporters that treated me like family, nothing against any of them, but the thing about Michigan was, I wanted to stay closer to home. It felt like home and felt like the place I need to be."
Cole was a key target for the Wolverines, not just because he's the top prospect in the state, but because a wide receiver was a big need in the class as well. Naturally, Brady Hoke and his staff reacted accordingly when they heard the news.
"Oh my gosh, they just went crazy. Everyone went crazy, screaming and clapping and giving me hugs and welcoming me to the family."
The multi-talented Cole was also recruited as a safety and plays running back for his team, but it's at receiver where he will begin his career.
"I know I'll be playing slot receiver and depth chart wise, the best players play so I'll compete for my spot."
A big part of Cole's recent recruitment was Wolverine quarterback commit Alex Malzone, who targeted Cole as soon as he made his commitment and hopes to target him on the field as teammates now.
"It was good. I like Alex a lot. He's a leader, and I can tell he will be a great quarterback. I had a really good time down here with those guys and getting to know them."
Another big part of the decision was the degree he would get from Michigan.
"Michigan is a great academic institution," his father Brian Cole Sr. said. "All the opportunities he will have, the support, the M-Pact program, it's all built for success and was one of the reasons why he chose Michigan. It was Brian's decision, and of course, it was 150% supported by his parents."
"We didn't know it was going to happen today," Cole Sr. added, "but it felt right for him and he made the decision where wanted to go. It's just very exciting and we're at peace with it."
Cole can now focus on leading the Heritage Hawks this Fall with the stress of recruiting off his back.
"It feels really good. My focus is just on my football season and I have no worries."
That said, Cole is extremely grateful to have been recruited at the level he was recruited at, and for the all the staffs who gave him those opportunities.
Said Cole Sr., "We really want to thank Michigan State, Tennessee, Ohio State, all the coaching staffs who offered Brian and recruited him and really treated us so well through the process. Mark Dantonio and his staff at Michigan State did a tremendous job recruiting Brian and we really thank them for that."