Tracy Howard became a high profile, highly-recruited prospect out of Miramar (Fla.) High School in the class of 2012. He signed with Miami and has played significantly as a freshman in Coral Gables. Now Howard’s understudy looks like he has begun a path towards the same kind of recognition.
Tyrek Cole held Stacy Coley to zero catches in their matchup this fall.
Tyrek Cole, a cornerback in the class of 2015, just finished a season in which he only allowed a handful of balls to be caught on him while also intercepting to passes and locking down some of the best receivers in the state. He got his reward last week with three big offers of Florida, West Virginia and Miami. The Gators arrived first.
“Florida came in when Travaris Robinson came down,” Cole said. “He came to our school and he was talking to our coach then the next day my coach told me that he offered. Then he told me the next day that Miami and West Virginia had offered.”
Each of Coles’ three early offers was big in its own way.
“I was happy (about Floria) because that’s one of the schools that I like,” he said. “They have a solid program. They have good education and the program is solid. Every year they have a solid program so I like that.”
As a south Florida native, Cole is a Miami fan and almost attended every home game this year for the Hurricanes. It also doesn’t hurt that his mentor in Howard is already there.
“Of course I’ve been rooting for Miami since I was small so I like Miami. I was texting with Tracy and he was telling me to stay humble and keep working. He said worry about that senior year. He’s one of the guys I look up to.”
West Virginia also has a strong pipeline into the Miramar program – most famously with Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey. However as a cornerback, Cole does have a concern about the Mountaineers.
“It’s a good program,” he said of WVU. “That defense gives up too much points though.”
While the offers were exciting for Cole, they weren’t completely unexpected and he’s hoping for more.
“I was expecting it,” he said of the offers. “Especially West Virginia. Coming into the season I knew I was going to ball out. My coach said he’s trying to get LSU and Alabama to offer. He said their coaches said I have to go to camp to get those offers.”
In addition to LSU and Alabama, Cole is hoping for offers from Florida State, Georgia and Virginia Tech.