March 12, 2011

Cole keeping his cool as recruiting heats up

It has been a busy past few months for Brenham, Texas linebacker Timothy Cole between recruiting trips, basketball, football offseason, and let's not forget about school.

The recruiting process is a hot topic but as you can see it is far from the only thing on his mind. Cole recently saw the basketball season come to an end and is currently back on the football field preparing for 2011.

"It's wonderful. I've been waiting to get back on the field and do some work and finish where I left off," Cole said. "It's a different transition from basketball back to football. I have to get myself back in shape and get my wind back. It's a good thing out here because I know they're going to work us. They work us until we're tired so they know where our hearts are at. We just have to show our leadership out here and how bad we want it."

As a member of the Rivals 250 to Watch, Cole brings a lot to the table in terms of talent, but he is also noted for his football intellect and his coachability.

"As a player you have to listen to your coaches," he said. "They're not out there just to talk they're out here trying to teach you something. I think of it this way, they're helping me get better for college so I take in everything. "

That attitude combined with everything else has attracted offers from Baylor, Nebraska, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Virginia. The 6-2, 212-pound linebacker has already taken unofficial visits to Texas A&M, TCU, and Texas, and is trying to take a few out of state here in the next few weeks.

He mentioned Florida, USC, and Oklahoma as possible visit destinations, and is doing his best to narrow down his list.

"I've been talking to my parents and coaches and trying to figure out what's best for me and the things they're looking for and what I'm looking for to see if they match so I can go ahead and make my decision," Cole said.

What is he looking at on his visits?

"Just things such as education, college to job ratio, comfortability, and a stay at home feel. Location is one thing," he said.

He has made multiple trips to both Texas and Texas A&M recently, and both schools have made a favorable impression.

"We're basically in [A&M's] backyard because it's about 15 minutes away," Cole said. "It's real close. The coaches, I've known them since my sophomore year. We have a real close feel with each other.

"Texas, it's just a family atmosphere. When you get there everyone is greeting you. They're really high energy guys and that's something I like. I got to see the whole operation and I like what I see."

He does have plans to visit A&M one more time this spring to see them during spring ball.

"I'm trying to go to A&M and watch one of their practices and that's about it because I've seen the Texas practice," he said. "I'm trying to get a good feel of every school."

He most recently visited Texas in late February and while on campus he was able to get a good look as defensive coordinator Manny Diaz put the linebackers through their paces.

"I like how they're all smart and they fly around to the ball like me so that's something I really admire," Cole said. "I really like that."

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