March 20, 2009

LB, Morgan Cole is a Black Knight

Coach Ellerson and staff have done a solid job in recruiting a team of linebackers for the 2009 recruiting class and they all fit the mold of the various linebacker roles within the flex defense. Some are versatile enough to transition into the hybrid "quick" defensive end spot maintained by Josh McNary.

You have prospects such as Patrick Jarin, Taylor Hayes-Leak, Clayton Keller, Clay Rutherford, Brad Strimel, Casey Brewer and Cole Stanford to name a few.

In addition, Ellerson has inherited some talented backers such as Nate Combs, Bobby Pennington, Brian Rowen, Zach Watts, Pat Whitten a few others ... all whom will be making their way this summer from the USMAPS, to the campus of West Point.

Another name that can be added the 2009 recruiting class list is Morgan Cole out of St. Louis (MO) University High School.

Getting Cole is a quality pickup for the Black Knights, who had to deal with a coaching change late in the recruiting process but got through it relatively unscathed. "I went to school last summer, shares the 6-foot-1, 228 pound linebacker. "I did an east swing of schools I was interested in, and stopped by West Point. I had a chance to meet many of the defensive coaches like Mumford and Lyles. But when Coach Brock was let go, we wanted to make sure I spoke to or met Coach Ellerson, before I report up there."

And report he will. Yes, some of the aforementioned class of 2009 backers will be headed to the prep school, however, Cole who is blue collar style backer will be entering the direct route.

Although Cole did not take an official visit to Army, he will be meeting up with the coaching staff this weekend, as he and his mother will be arriving onto the West Point campus today with an opportunity to meet with coach Ellerson face to face.

Coles' recruiting has been handled by linebacker coach, Robert Lyles and according to Cole, the relationship is very good. "I can't wait to get there," shares an excited Cole. "I kind of decided that if they (coaching staff) gave me the green light on Army, I was going to commit. About 4:30pm the day before signing day they told me it was good. We were just waiting to hear from admission to determine if I was going direct or prep and Coach Lyles and Gaylord Green (admissions advisor) called and walked me through the process... I was good to go."

FAMILIAR FACE

Ironically, a familiar face will joining Cole in the 2009 recruiting class. "Chris Boldt the kicker from DeSmet and I went to grade school together," shares Cole. "Sometime late last fall, he told me that Army had been talking to him and that he was considering it ... and then he got his appointment a couple of days ago."

STYLE OF PLAY

"I like playing downfield ... our defense was similar to what Army will be running and there were times I would move up to the line like a d-end, where at times we played a 5-2," notes Cole. "The coaches (Army) see me playing a lot as an inside guy. I played strong side my junior and senior years for my high school and in my sophomore year I played middle, but I feel comfortable playing any of the linebacker spots.

University High School went 7-4 for the season, losing in the state quarterfinals. While Cole was the mainstay on defense, four-star running back (Arkansas bound) Ronnie Wingo carried the load offensively. "They (coaches) didn't let us go one-on-one too often ... they didn't want anyone getting hurt," shares a laughing Cole, who made All-conference, as well as Honorable Mention All-State & All-Metro.

Cole finished his senior year with 111 tackles.

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