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April 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  commitment profile OL Mason Cole Will Return To The Midwest For College by Tim Sullivan Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake offensive lineman Mason Cole has made it no secret throughout the recruiting process that his preference was to end up in the Midwest. That may seem odd for a kid who plays his high school ball in the Sunshine State, but Cole actually lived the first nine years of his life in Chicago. "I'm originally from Chicago, and we were planning on trying to get a trip up to go back and see all my extended family," Cole said of his repeated trips to the region. "We decided that we will fit in a couple visits while we were all the way up there." Cole's commitment came after his third trip to Ann Arbor. He visited for the Barbecue at The Big House recruiting event in July, returned for the Wolverines' football victory over Michigan State in October and was in the house for the basketball team's victory over Illinois Feb. 24. Upon returning to Florida from that third visit, he seemed ready to announce for the Wolverines. "Obviously for him to make another trip up there, it's high on his list," East Lake coach Bob Hudson said. "I think some of his family that still lives up there played in the Big Ten. That's a big draw for him out there. He just fell in love with it when he went out there — the coaching staff, the facilities, and everything — and it's Michigan." Cole, who is ranked as a four-star recruit and the nation's No. 107 overall player by, lived in Chicago for nine years before moving to Florida. photo courtesy Though Hudson had asked his star lineman — currently ranked as the No. 107 overall player in the country by — not to commit on the visit, he gave his blessing when Cole returned home raving about everything he had seen in Ann Arbor. "A lot of people had caught on that it might happen," Cole admitted. "I did expect it to happen. I wanted to see how it felt on the visit, and it was everything I hoped it would be and more. It's an awesome place. It just felt right.

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