Michigan Football Recruiting: Mason Cole (OL) — 2014 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile
GBMWolverine Readers: Here is an overview of recent verbal commitment Mason Cole.
Michigan is only going to take a few, select offensive linemen this year and Mason becomes the 4th verbal commit for Michigan. Recruiting stars and rankings at each position this time of year are informed (sometimes) projections for future ranking, or an evaluation of where that player is at the particular point in a yet to be finished timeline.
Mason Cole is one of a trio of players from Tarpon Springs that Michigan has showed strong interest in recruiting. He has very good feet, is athletic for his size, possesses a solid frame, one that is very capable of filling out to the needed bulk for Big Ten linemen, and appears to have traits that would put him in the get it club.
So, again, Michigan is attracting quality players that have positives well beyond the classroom.
Mason can play the entire line, he is that versatile. His high school career found Mason at Left Tackle protecting a highly touted quarterback.
The most telling attribute is Mason’s long offer list from the traditional giants of college football. Many programs took note early of Mason’s potential.
Current Position: Offensive Tackle
Future Position: Offensive Guard most likely
City/State: Tarpon Springs, Florida
High School: East Lake
Head Coach: Bob Hudson
Recruiter: Coach Jerry Montgomery
Top 5 other Offers: Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Stanford.
Class: 2014 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).
Follow (Mason): on Twitter
Note: Stars do matter, but are not absolute in predicting success within a football program. So, with that in mind the GBMWolverine Staff has cleverly come up with a new system of ranking. We are using footballs instead of stars, how can one argue against a system that clever? Below are the interpretations of football power predicted way too boldly long before it matters. In other words, we will give informed opinion with the crystal ball and let the players determine what will happen through years of hard work.
Criteria: Raw talent, athleticism, position of need, intangibles.
10 footballs: Instant impact player.
9 footballs: Three or four-year starter at a high level.
8 footballs: A starter with all league potential.
7 footballs: A meaningful starter at some time during a career.
6 footballs: A spot starter or special teams player.
5 footballs: Not in the two deep after a two years.
4 footballs: Never made it.
1-3 footballs: See the above.
Remember just as we did during the season with grading positions or groups we are very tough graders and expect a lot out of those positions or players so this is no different here.
Mason is a versatile offensive lineman capable of playing anywhere on the line. Indeed he has a very impressive offer sheet. One trait that may make Mason a candidate for tackle is nice long arms and also his overall length. Mason’s team made a nice run in the Florida play-offs last season. His team plays in the big division. Of note is Mason is an excellent student with a reported 3.7 GPA.
Mason shows a nice edge to his game at times. We would like to see him display this trait with more consistency. He moves his feet very well and shows an excellent get off and overall strong movement skills. Mason is just not another big high school student that can just push people around through strength. He destroys linebackers at the 2nd level. Attached to the above evaluation is the fact that mason has a large frame with good agility and he shows very good bend at his knees. Pass pro sets well with a nice wide base. As mentioned, with a throwing quarterback, Mason has demonstrated well above average pass protection.
Needs Work / Concerns:
As mentioned, Mason needs to be a bit more consistent. At times he plays a bit high, so we will need to watch his pad level development. His feet also stop moving on contact once in a while. As with most high school linemen, Mason will need to add size and strength.
GBMWolverine believes he will definitely red-shirt his first year like almost all incoming offensive linemen.
Mason Cole reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — (David Baas) — (Offensive Line).
Another solid offensive line commitment and another solid scholar and citizen.
We welcome Mason Cole to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!
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