Although Cole had strong interest and Scholarship offers from a variety of schools at different levels of play, non of them were the school for which he wanted to play. Cole’s favorite line is, “I love doing what others say I can’t!”
Cole’s recruiting appears to be picking up as we head down the final stretch to signing day. Schools like Air Force, Northern Colorado, Lindenwood, Angelo State, among others are showing strong interest with verbal offers. Cole is receiving calls from schools almost every day trying to determine if Cole is interested in playing football and attending their school.
There is such a wide range of interest, everything from D-1 FBS, D-1AA FCS schools to D-2 schools.
Cole has been on many recruiting boards for a long time and few schools have pulled the trigger with an offer. With coaching changes and changes in commits, the idea of a kid that will probably be 215-220 in a year and can still run a 4.4 has got to be intriguing.
Here is Cole’s final Senior High School Highlights. He finished the year with 134 attempts for 883 total yards. 1089 all purpose yards. Averaging 6.6 yds per Attempt and 6 TDs. He caught 53 passes.
By Justin Thomas, firstname.lastname@example.org
Published: Saturday, November 3, 2012 2:27 AM CDT
FLOWER MOUND — With one game remaining in the regular season, Marcus’ football team is hopeful it is starting to find its offensive rhythm.
Exerpts:…… The win improves Marcus to 2-2 in district, tied for third with Denton Ryan (2-2) and one game in front of Flower Mound (1-3) with the tiebreaker now in hand…..
……While Flower Mound’s playoff hopes took a big hit, the Jaguars haven’t officially been eliminated. Should Marcus defeat Hebron (3-1) next week and Flower Mound top Denton Ryan, the Jaguars would advance by virtue of the head-to-head tiebreaker. The Jaguars would also have a slim chance to qualify on tiebreakers with a win and Marcus loss to Hebron creating a three-way tie.
“If it goes to points, I would have to look it up, but that’s going to be tough,” said Dane Johnson, Flower Mound head coach. “We don’t deserve it anyway right now. You can’t play like that. Like I said, I’ll have to look, but it’s a reach and that was a tough one tonight. It’s one you wish didn’t happen, but you have to live through those.”
The Jaguars continued their trend in district of getting out to sloppy starts.
After a 49-yard completion from Ryan Vaughn to Wyatt Verret set up a 4-yard touchdown reception by Verret on Marcus’ opening possession, Marauders’ defensive back Tyler Mouton intercepted Flower Mound quarterback Connor Wanhanen on the Jaguars’ first play from scrimmage and returned the pick 20 yards for a 13-0 advantage after the extra point was blocked.
It was the third consecutive game Flower Mound has turned the ball over on its first possession. In their 5-5A opener against Lewisville, the Jaguars had a turnover on their second possession.
“I think we’ve done it every game in district,” Johnson said. “We’re consistent.”
The other big blow came midway through the second quarter when Marcus’ Garrett Putnam blocked a punt just outside the end zone that was recovered for a touchdown by Victor Villareal to put the Marauders in front, 34-7. Five plays prior, Marcus had increased its lead to 27-7 on a 5-yard touchdown run from Prescott capping a 12-play, 88-yard scoring drive that included a 21-yard reception on a reverse-pass by Verret from receiver Logan Sepanek….
….Following the first-quarter interception, Wanhanen settled down, completing passes of 17 and 22 yards to Finn Foster setting up a 7-yard touchdown run by Cole McKeel, who hurdled a Marcus defender at the goal line.
In the third quarter, Flower Mound cut the deficit to 34-13 with a 4-yard scoring run by Wanhanen, who completed 6-of-7 passes on the drive.
Wanhanen finished the contest 22-of-31 for 207 yards to go with 39 yards rushing. McKeel gained 60 yards on 11 carries to go with nine receptions for 50 yards, while Foster had seven grabs for a team-high 97 yards.
“We just got outplayed from the get-go,” Johnson said. “Outplayed from the opening kickoff. There’s nothing much to say. That’s just a good ole fashioned butt-kicking. That’s what that was.”,,,,
,,,,,“Nobody gave up, that’s something to be proud of,” Johnson said. “And it’s been fun coaching these kids and these seniors. We’ll go out there and play one more game together and see what happens.” ….
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FLOWER MOUND — Football teams often put stickers on their helmets to honor someone, but rarely are those stickers as large as the “21” that dominated the right side of the Coppell helmets Friday night. The Coppell coaches and players wanted it to be clear that Jacob Logan was a huge part of their team — and their lives.
But even without the helmet stickers, it would’ve been clear at Neal E. Wilson Stadium. Coppell, playing its first game since Logan died Sunday, didn’t look like the dominating team that won its first six games.
Coppell looked like what you might expect after a brutally painful, emotionally draining week. It was a passionate, but also tired, team that was happy to hold on for a 27-18 victory over Flower Mound.
“We played the way our week has been,” said Coppell coach Joe McBride. “It was hard to care about football. To be honest, football just didn’t mean that much to us this week.”
Logan, a senior who played safety and receiver, died after a cliff-jumping accident at Possum Kingdom Lake. Fans wore T-shirts in his honor, and the banners attached to the stands had messages such as “Play for J-Lo” and “Fight for J-Lo.”
Coppell (7-0, 2-0 in District 5-5A), No. 2 in the area Class 5A rankings, had to fight to stay undefeated. Flower Mound (3-4, 1-1) trailed 20-3 early, but cut the lead to 20-18 in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns in six minutes.
The first came when Connor Wanhanen scored on a 9-yard run to cut Coppell’s lead to 20-12 with 11:28 left. The score was set up by Flower Mound’s biggest play of the night: Wanhanen’s 54-yard pass to Cole McKeel.
Flower Mound scored on its next drive when McKeel took a bubble screen down the left sideline for a 55-yard touchdown with 5:02 left. Coppell lineman William Udeh pulled down Wanhanen before he could tie the score with a two-point conversion, but Flower Mound was in position for an upset if it could get a defensive stop.
That’s when Coppell put the game away by using a little trickery.
Flower Mound’s (3-3, 1-0) Dane Johnson picks up a win in his first district game as a head coach while the Farmers – looking to snap a 13-game skid in district – fall to 0-1 and 1-5 on the year.
“Coach Miller is doing a great job over there,” Johnson said. “That team is way better than it’s been the past three years. He’s got a great little player in Brown and hats off to them. It’s one of those games you hate for a loser.
“It was fun to watch and the kids were playing hard. I’m just glad we came out on top.”
Quarterback Connor Wanhanen keyed a comeback that saw the Jaguars climb out of a 20-7 hole early in the third by outscoring the Farmers the rest of the way, 27-13.
Wanhanen completed 11-of-16 passes for 230 yards and three touchdowns with one interception while also chipping in 47 yards on the ground with a score. Brendon Ianeiro was his top target, finishing with four catches for 147 yards and three touchdowns. Cole McKeel chipped in 78 yards rushing on 11 carries with a touchdown.
“We talked to [Ianeiro] this week and said ‘We have to have you if we’re going to win games.’” Johnson said. “And he stepped up and did it; I’m proud of him.”
Ianeiro had touchdown catches of 55 yards to open the scoring in the first, 69 yards in the third and a 13-yarder in the fourth to bring Flower Mound within 33-28 before Wanhanen plunged in from 2 yards for what proved to be the winning touchdown.
After failing to pick up a first down in the second quarter, Flower Mound erupted for 12 first downs and 279 yards in the second half.
“Connor did a good job for us,” Johnson said. “In the second half, we really gained a lot of momentum, so we kept rolling with him and the leadership he brought.”
By Louie Horvath
Special to the Star-Telegram
FLOWER MOUND — Flower Mound got a huge first half from Cole McKeel on Friday night and rode that to a convincing 33-8 win against Keller Central.
McKeel scored on a 31-yard screen pass on the Jaguars’ first drive. Two drives later, he hurdled a Central defender and ran 44 yards for a touchdown.
Cole was listed on the list of the top high school players in Texas. Cole came in at #14 among listed RBs. http://www.texashsfootball.com/recruiting/2013/top200.htm