June 2, 2010

Brenham linebacker gains first offer

The Brenham Cubs came up short in the 2010 Class 4A title game against Aledo and their star running back, 2012 blue chip prospect, Jonathon Gray. However, the Cubs offer their own stable of 2012 prospects and expect nothing less than a return trip this season. Although defensive tackle Malcolm Brown is the headliner of Brenham's 2012 group, there are other prospects who may wind up making an equal impact on the in 2011. One of them is linebacker Timothy Cole who racked up 130 tackles, 12 sacks and two forced fumbles last year, gaining the attention of college programs.

"He has a great frame for adding another 30 pounds, good speed, and an affinity for contact," wrote Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every last season after watching Brenham in an early season matchup against Katy Mayde Creek. "Barring a serious injury he is a can't miss D1 prospect that will probably have at least 10 offers by his junior season."

One of those projected offers has already arrived for the 6-foot-1, 207-pound Cole last week when he talked to A&M assistant Steve Kragthorpe, who recruits Brenham for A&M.

"Coach Kragthorpe called coach (Glen) West last week and told him" said Cole. "Then, coach West called coach Kragthorpe back so he could tell me over the phone. I was hoping I would get an offer but I was not expecting it. It kind of came out of the blue. He watched my film and said that I have potential and that I can contribute to the program in the future.

"It made me feel good. I don't have to worry about college now. I just feel like that I can play the sport that I love."

Cole, Brown and some of their teammates visited A&M for one of the Aggies' spring practices in April. They came away impressed with what they saw but it wasn't the first time that Cole had been on the A&M campus.

"I been there three times before I took the visit to spring practice," he said. "I just like the atmosphere. The people are friendly and I feel like I'm at home. It's a nice place to be and play football."

Teammates committing to the same school is something that happens often in the recruiting, but have the two Cubs discussed the possibility of attending the same university?

"Yes sir, we've talked about it for the last two weeks" he said. "We talked about going to A&M together."

Cole played both middle and outside linebacker in Brenham's 4-3 defense but will also see a little time on offense this year as well.

"I've never played it before this spring," said Cole with a laugh. "I played fullback and running back. I like it a lot though."

Cole has already started thinking about what to look for in a school, with education as his first priority. He also wants to see how the team will be and how the coaches are. In fact, he's already got a list of favorites.

"A&M, Texas, TCU" he said. "I like USC, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Florida too. A&M is one of the top ones with Texas and TCU. I like Texas' football team. They are very good almost every year. A lot of people from Brenham go to their school, not just football players. Coach West told me that Texas is interested in me. I like how TCU is becoming a really good program."

Cole is going to spend part of his summer hoping to entice other colleges to extend him offers as well. He's going to camp at Texas A&M on July 6 and also plans on making some other unofficial visits to College Station. He is also going to Texas to camp on June 13. In addition, Cole will be spending his time working to make himself a better player in the Cubs' offseason workouts as well as 7-on-7 tournaments in order to facilitate a return trip to the finals.

"I want to get better at my speed and all around quickness," he said. "I need to make my tackling better so I'm trying to get stronger too. We're working hard to return to state."

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