Recruiting is heating up for Roanoke (Va.) Cave Spring safety Michael Cole. Quite a few teams are taking an early interest in the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder.
"The main school I've heard from is Michigan," he said. "They invited me up to all their home games this past year. I made two of them and they want me to come down for camp on June 5th.
"The coaches there have been really nice. I like the fans and stadium, it's amazing."
The Wolverines are showing the most interest, but others are also eyeing him including William & Mary, Richmond, Virginia, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech.
With interest picking up, does Cole like anybody?
"Right now I'm open to all of them," he said. "I like the academic schools since I've got a 4.0 GPA including Richmond, William & Mary and Michigan. They have great academics and you can prepare for the future. I like all the schools though."
With that, what does he want in a college?
"Obviously academics I think are No. 1 for me and I want a football program that will help me develop my skills and somewhere I can help the team as much as possible," he stated. "I want somewhere I'm going to bond with the players and coaches. I want a great environment for the next four or five years."
Cole comes from a very athletic family where his uncle was a top boxer in the Pittsburgh are.
Cole himself earned first team all-district, region and all-Timesland as a defensive back this past season while posting 83 tackles, 11 for loss, two sacks, one hurry, three pass breakups, two interceptions and five forced fumbles. He added 576-yards rushing and 11 touchdowns along with 220 kick return yards as a junior this year.
"I think the main thing colleges see in me is that I'm versatile," he said. "I can play a lot of positions, not only safety, but linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver and running back. I learn positions pretty quick."
Cole is also a talented track athlete that made states as a freshman in the triple jump.