Buckeyes In the Mix for 2014 Left Tackle
By Michael Chung
Mason Cole, an offensive tackle in the class of 2014, is coveted by many major college programs. Standing 6-5, 285 pounds, the lineman out of Tarpon Springs, Fla. already holds offers from the likes of Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, USC and Michigan, despite the fact he is only a junior in high school.
Ohio State has offered Cole and the Buckeyes would love to add this Floridian to their 2014 class. Having only two pure offensive linemen for 2013, Urban Meyer and company could look to add as many as 4-5 offensive linemen in 2014, and they would love for Cole to be a key part of next year’s class.
Though he lives in Florida, Cole grew up west of Chicago, so he was not born with a natural allegiance to the South. He has already set foot on the Ohio State campus and plans to come back at some point. Can Cole be another Mike Brewster and anchor the line in the name of the Sunshine State?
His teammate, Artavis Scott, earned an OSU offer when Buckeye coaches came down to scout Cole at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs. Scott and Cole have talked about playing college football together and both have an Ohio State offer. Can the Buckeyes nab these two? Cole recently took some time to let Buckeye Nation get to know him better.
Ozone: You have offers from so many top schools; can that make the decision process harder with so many choices?
Cole: My parents and I have talked about it; the decision will be tough. I just want to go to a campus that makes me feel at home – good academics, good football program and early playing time.
Ozone: Do your family and friends express a desire for you to play close to home?
Cole: I try not to let my friends make my decision. My parents do not mind if I go to school far away, I am originally from the western Chicago area so I am use to being far away from Florida.
Ozone: Do the Florida schools have an advantage?
Cole: Not really. I grew up liking Big Ten teams; I always watched Illinois because my grandfather played for them. Illinois has offered.
Ozone: What would be your top 5 schools?
Cole: USC, Michigan, ND, Clemson and Ohio State, but I have not really thought about it too much. After my season is over, I will narrow it down.
Ozone: Have you met or know about Michael Brewster who played at Ohio State and is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars?
Cole: I have not met him but have heard about him.
Ozone: Which coaching staff or coaches do you feel you have formed the best relationships with?
Cole: USC coaches, I talk to Monte Kiffin and Lane Kiffin, they are really cool and the Trojans have offered.
Ozone: Did you know of Urban Meyer when he was at Florida?
Cole: Yeah, I knew of him but I did not grow up liking UF, I am more of an FSU fan. Florida State has offered and they have a great coaching staff that I am close to. Urban Meyer does not help but I met him and he is really cool.
Ozone: Have you talked to Artavis Scott about playing together? Where do you think he is leaning?
Cole: We have talked but it is not that big of a deal. I think he is leaning Florida and Ohio State.
Ozone: What is your best position?
Cole: Left tackle, I have played there all of high school. Some schools are recruiting me as a guard. I would like to play tackle but if moved to guard, it doesn’t faze me. USC has told me they want me at left tackle, OSU has not told me where they want me but I think in the Big Ten, I am more of a guard. It does not matter where I play.
Ozone: When do you think you will visit Ohio State?
Cole: Sometime in spring, I will probably visit with Artavis Scott and sophomore George Campbell (WR/safety). George already has offers from South Florida, Vanderbilt, and Central Florida.
Ozone Quick Hitters with Mason Cole:
College Major? Maybe exercise science.
Favorite Subject? History
Favorite way to relax? Beach
Favorite beach? Clearwater
Favorite sports team? Big Bears fan and White Sox
Best sports moment as a fan? White Sox winning the World Series
*Thank you Mason for your time, have a great season and we will check back with you around the time you visit Ohio State.