Watched Columbus DeSales senior Cole Potts work out at the D1 Sports Training Center last week. Powerful and surprising quickness for a 6’2-295 pound high school senior.
Cole works out under the direction a Director Charles Gresham. He told me that he has run a 4.65/pro shuttle. Also told me that he ran a 5.1/40 at West Virginia’s camp last week. I see that same quickness and athleticism on his HUDL Hi-lites. Again 6’2 or 6’3(maybe) but 295. I told him to get to 285 by August.
Cole plays both ways at DeSales. Some d-tackle. In fact, he plays some guard and some center on the offensive line. I like him at center. Really good balance and quick feet. Bends. Gets up and down the LOS. Defensively, he has good initial quickness, but must get better at getting off blocks and finding the football. For now – a center prospect.
Cole is working harder, but he told me that he needs to study more video. Needs to improve his mental approach to studying the game. Both on his play and on the opponents. Physically he is always ready, but he needs to watch and study more video.
I watched him wrestle in the opening round at the OHSAA State Wresting Championships. Saw from a distance, but could balance and strength. Best of all. I could see mental toughness. Cole finished 40-5 for the season and ended up placing 4th in the heavyweight division at States.
Favorite subject in school is math. Likes to work with numbers. Carries a 3.55 GPA and scored a 21 ACT. Plans are to major in Business Management. Plans are to own a sports training center, much like the D1 Sports Training Center in north Columbus. If he could have another talent, it would to play a musical instrument.
His advice to a freshman football player is to not be afraid to ask questions. Watch the upperclassmen and listen to what they say.
Commitment, effort, and 100 percent are words that Cole lives by. Whatever he does, he looks at life that way. As he goes thru the recruiting process, he will need them.
Joked with him when he told me that he loves to fish and hunt, when he is bored. Loves to deer hunt. Poor Bambi relatives.
West Virginia, Bowling Green, Kent State, and Buffalo, along with some FCS schools, like James Madison have sent “offers.” Buffalo, WVU, and Kent State call often.
When I asked him to give some advice to prospects about the football recruiting process, he was really positive. Get twitter! Since all college coaches have twitter connections, you get your name out there. Twitter lets you communicate with the college football coaches. 2 – Work with your high school coach. Keep him involved in your recruiting process. Negative – Block out the noise. Do not worry about rankings.
Cole Potts best football is ahead, because he is getting better and better. Works hard in the off season. State ranked heavyweight wrestler. Powerful. Blue collar work ethic. Really like his belief in his abilities. Could be a possible MSR ranked offensive lineman.
This may say it all for Cole Potts!! When I asked him more about the recruiting process, he said that his communication skills have really. Talking with college coaches now will help him in the future. All positive .