The third time turned out to be the charm for Mason Cole. After yet another impressive visit to the Great Lake State last weekend, the four-star prospect became the fourth pledge to Michigan’s 2014 class.
“I committed about 15 minutes ago,” Cole said excitedly. “It was just a gut feeling really. I had been up there a third time and everything just felt right. I just felt at home. I had my heart set on it before I went home, but I wanted to talk to my head coach in person first before I did anything.”
Cole managed to keep his plan fairly close to the vest, but there were a few people that he couldn’t help but share the news with early.
“Wilton (Speight) knew this morning that I was coming,” he said. “(My family) knew. I told them yesterday that this is what I wanted to do… that I wanted to end (recruiting) and that I wanted to be a ‘Michigan Man’.”
Those words turned out to be cause for major celebration in Ann Arbor.
Said Cole, “I was on the phone with Coach Hoke and everyone else was in the room… you could hear everyone else in the background cheering (laughter). They were all excited.”
That jubilance likely stems from the satisfaction over adding another key piece to an offensive line puzzle that Hoke & company have been putting together for the last few years. In 2012 the Maize & Blue landed a four-man line class headlined by All-Americans Kyle Kalis and Erik Magnuson. In 2013 they hauled in a six-man group headlined by All-Americans Patrick Kugler, Kyle Bosch, Chris Fox, David Dawson, and Logan Tuley-Tillman. In Cole they’ve have secured a prospect with attributes similar to those exhibited by many of his predecessors. He possesses prototypical size at 6-5, 280, a disposition that has been described as nasty, and a willingness to do whatever is necessary to help his team.
“They see me as a tackle, but it’s wherever I can play early,” Cole said describing his projected role at Michigan. “They see me as versatile. I can play anywhere. Staying at tackle would be my preference, but it doesn’t really matter to me.”
With his recruitment now behind him, Cole can fully shift his focus toward readying for a senior campaign. Expectations will run high for his talent rich squad next season. Speaking of said talent, the future Wolverine promises he will do his best to try to lure teammates George Campbell and Artavis Scott to Ann Arbor.
“I’m going to be the biggest recruiter for them now. George liked it this weekend… he loved it! Everyone was calling him the mayor of Ann Arbor. And ‘Tay’ likes it up there, so I’m just going to push and try to get them up commit too.”