The rich get richer. University of Michigan has one of the best offensive line classes coming in for the 2013 season, and seems to want to continue that theme for the 2014 class, adding 4 star (and blue chip) recruit, Mason Cole.
With a class that already has a big name Linebacker, a big name defensive tackle commit, and a quarterback on the rise, it’s hard to say no to a team offering you help, and a scholarship. Cole is a player that really brings power to the offensive side of the ball, and is a beast in the trenches. Coach Funk will love to use Cole as a toy in his line for years to come, and could put together a great line in the next few years. With players like David Dawson, Logan Tuley Tillman, and now Cole, it seems as if the wolverines are trying to bring back old school football to Ann Arbor, if that haven’t already. Linebacker commit Michael Ferns could be a big reason that Cole committed to UM, and is now playing the role of Shane Morris. Cole is a player that really fits when you look at the depth chart for Michigan, especially now that Taylor Lewan will be in the NFL when Cole is on campus.
Cole could be that player who fills the void left by Lewan, and could do a very nice job in the process. He isn’t Lewan by any stretch of the imagination, that’s a crazy amount of pressure for a kid not even out of high school. Cole has the skill set to become a player like Lewan, just in time. The offensive line that will be protecting players like Shane Morris, Derrick Green and Deveon Smith, is going to be LOADED because of the talent that Hoke and company has brought back to Michigan. Cole adds a nice player to the 2014 class, and really takes pressure off of David Dawson or players who will be asked to player LT, and aren’t necessarily comfortable with it. A true offensive tackle will be huge for the wolverines when needed, and hopefully Cole lives up to the level of player that Michigan has produced from the LT position. Could Cole be the next Jake Long or Taylor Lewan? Time will tell, but he has a legitimate shot at being a big time contributor to an offensive line that has a net weight of a Nissan Altima. Cole will don the winged helmet, and from there it could pay huge dividends for the Wolverines.
As always, Go Blue!