Cole Showcases Skill Set in Win

Michigan 2015 WR commit Brian Cole discusses his three touchdown performance, talks U-M and more.

SAGINAW, Mich. – Brian Cole has a rare combination of size, strength and speed. And on Friday night his full arsenal of skills were put on full display.

The Saginaw (Mich.) Heritage standout scored three touchdowns, had an interception, recovered a fumble and had multiple tackles in the Hawks’ season opening 24-6 win over cross town rival Saginaw (Mich.) Arthur Hill.

Early in the first quarter – Cole who is also Heritage’s punter – botched a low snap, and then, well, he improvised. First he ran left, no room, so then he ran right and took his speed to a new level as he outran the entire Arthur Hill defense for an electrifying 59 yard touchdown run.

“It was just a low snap,” Cole said. “My first instinct is just to run. Whenever I’m scared – just run. Just run, whatever you do, just run to daylight. My dad has been telling me since I was five, just run to daylight.”

At 6-foot-3, 195-pounds, Cole has been committed to Michigan since July. A decision, he says, has been a relief and now lets him focus on playing football.

“[My decision was] a lot of weight off my shoulders,” Cole said. “Now I just get to relax and focus on my senior season. And I get to focus on my school year.”

Why ultimately did Cole choose to become a Wolverine?

“It felt like home,” Cole said. “It felt like a big family. The academics, and my parents can come to every game.”

Cole, who is rated a four-star prospect, is rated the No. 1 player in Michigan, and is the No. 6 WR overall in the country, according to the latest Scout.com player rankings.