Catching up with Tyrek Cole, again

Catching up with Tyrek Cole, again

Cameron Underwood
Late on Wednesday during team study hall, I got to talk with 2015 CB Tyrek Cole. Many think that Miramar's 2015 class is loaded, and Cole leads the list of players for that group.

For those who don't know, Cole recently accepted an invitation to play in the 2015 Under Armour All-American game. The Miramar star was pleased that he was even nominated. "It means alot to me," Said Cole. "It means that I'm one of the best players inside the country. That makes me feel like I'm a good player, and it also makes me want to work hard so I can be great."

Miramar has a history of All-Americans, but those players (Geno Smith - Parade Magazine; Ivan McCartney and Tracy Howard - U.S. Army, Jermaine Grace - Semper Fidelis) didn't play in the Under Armour game. Cole had this to say about why he chose to go his own way: "Well, I sat down with coach and my parents and talked about it. Coach said that the Army one was far (from home) and it was more work than fun. He just wanted me to go out there and have fun, and be closer to my family, so they could all come see me play in the All-American game. And, coach said Under Armour gives you more equipment and stuff like that, so that was cool too."

The equipment (free swag, as Cole called it) isn't the only thing that drew Cole to the Under Armour game. "I talked with (Jackson WR) Jovon (Durante) and he worked on me to get me to the Under Armour game. After I chose to play in that game, he was saying 'you might as well commit to West Virginia (where Durante is committed) too.'"

Cole has been talking about his recruiting a lot (didn't know that? Read about that here). When asked who has been talking to him more, coaches or players, this is what Cole had to say: "I mean, I listen to the coaches (from the schools) and players too. Guys like Tracy (Howard), Malcolm (Lewis) and other guys like that."

While Cole is thankful for the exposure and opportunities that have come from following a guy like Tracy Howard at Miramar, he isn't basing his college decision on what others have done before him. "I'm open and willing to do whatever I have to do to find the school that's the right fit for me, get there and ball out."

Obviously, the center of Cole's stardom is his on field performance. He does a great job staying with receivers and largely keeping them from catching the ball. But, like any player, there are players who challenge his skills. I asked Cole who are some of the best receivers he's faced through the summer and first half of the regular season. "Devante Peete from St. Thomas is a tough guy to cover. His height and length make him hard to cover. Also, Johnny Dixon from Dwyer. We played them in a 7-on-7 tournament, and man, he has EVERYTHING. Routes. Technique. Speed. Hands. He's the total package."

I couldn't let this interview finish without touching back on recruiting for a minute. I asked Cole the ONE 2015 player he would like to have on his team at the next level, and he didn't even let me finish the question before giving his answer. "Jaquan Johnson from Killian. He's a great safety, and a great leader. He knows how to have fun on the field, and we would be great together in the secondary."

While there's a long time before his All-American game or college decision, it seems that Tyrek Cole has put a lot of thought into this process. And, with continued success on the field, I'm sure more and more people will be thinking, and talking, about him.
 

Comments (12)

So you're saying if UM can stay strong with that Miramar 2015 class and get Jaquan Johnson who seems to be favoring UM now we can get the #1 cb (to me) on the board? Im in! Lol for real Cam I know you aren't going to that conclusion but next year can be an EPIC class
 
Good article Cam.

Seems that SoFla is loaded with DB talent in 2015.
 
If he didn't pick the othe AA games because he wants his family to see him play, then this dude is UM's to lose. Represent your town young man, the U is calling.

Go Canes
 
Great interview. Did he state if he had any leaders, to clear up the "USCe is leading" sentiment.

I know they aren't leading for Cole, but just to clear everything up.
 
Great interview. Did he state if he had any leaders, to clear up the "USCe is leading" sentiment.

I know they aren't leading for Cole, but just to clear everything up.
cole said that usce lead in a interview he did with ryan bartow on 247.He said early pt was a big factor and usce didn't have a lot of depth. He said he would like to play in the sec too but you can take it fwiw.
 
Great interview. Did he state if he had any leaders, to clear up the "USCe is leading" sentiment.

I know they aren't leading for Cole, but just to clear everything up.
cole said that usce lead in a interview he did with ryan bartow on 247.He said early pt was a big factor and usce didn't have a lot of depth. He said he would like to play in the sec too but you can take it fwiw.
However, words can be taken out of context. We saw that happen with Jaquan Johnson
 
My thinking is that if we keeping winning, playing for the U will mean playing on the Big Stage. If we can get back to NFL U (which is starting to look like we are on that path), we will be on lock down with top south Florida talent. Tracy Howard's success will be a big selling point here.
 
Tracy was all gator before Golden and Duke got him. USCe has peaked; they has missed their moment in the sun. In two years we will be THE team and the SEC will be the new used to be conference.
 
Man, I know better than to get my hopes up on kids this early but we could have a ridiculous haul in the secondary come 2015. Tyrek Cole, K. McFadden, Jaquan Johnson, Rashard Causey have all named us in their early leader group. We have also been mentioned consistently by 5* NJ corner Minkah Fitzpatrick, 4* TN safety Rico McGraw (Corn Elder's hs teammate) and there is time to work on T. McFadden and who knows who else. Loaded.
 

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