As we turn our eyes out over the vast expanse of the Pacific NW we try to peer into all the communities. Big or small we are on the hunt for the next recruit we can help gain some attention. And in the river valleys, farms, and sage brush East of the Cascades we have found some superb talent the last decade doing this work.
Thanks to the many people who have sent in suggestions and referred players to us we have helped dozens of kids who might not have otherwise had a chance. And thanks to the people like Nike Football, SPARQ, and NorthwestEliteSports.com as the camps and events they have run have been a huge part of providing the stage for these kids to shine upon.
Last year at Mercer Island High School we saw the largest camp in the History of the Pacific Northwest unfold. The former Jason Gesser Camp also known as NW Elite Football Camp was an amazing site of 725 kids spreading out over 8 fields where they dug in and worked out with over 20 colleges and their coaches.
That electric environment brought forth Top Prospects and No-Names and in the end many kids rose to the challenge and created enough buzz to generate offers and interest. One of the kids that really stood out to us was Gooding, Idaho stud linemen Cole McGinnis.
The rangy big man was 6’4″ and 255 lbs and the thing he brought to the table that was most impressive was his speed and strength. In the 1-1 battles he shined. And we knew the minute we saw him beat D-1 Offensive Linemen who were at camp that he was going to be a contender.
Now 9 months later we caught up to McGinnis. The farm-boy you see has no Facebook, no Twitter, does not text much, and is usually in sports when he is not working. So it was great to get a chance to cover him again.
Now 6’5″ and 265 lbs McGinnis is ready for a push into his Senior Football season.
“We took 3rd in State last year. I was named First Team All State for Offense and Defense,” said McGinnis quietly. “Then I wrestled where I won the State Heavy Weight Championship for a second year in a row. Overall things are very good!”
McGinnis had 14.5 Sacks and 96 Tackles last year to show for his Defensive Line effort. Those stats put him amongst the best in the Nation for his position.
Boy how about that? Not bad for a real small town kid. Is all that success generating any attention from Colleges?
“Yes Boise State has been recruiting me quite a bit and I will be at their camp. UW, WSU, Utah, and ASU have been too. Things are starting to pick up!”
Not bad for a kid with little or no “Media Buzz”. In fact WashingtonPreps.com is the only site that has covered him so far.
Cole will travel to Los Angeles next week for the FBU Camp and that in our view will increase his stock.
In the final analysis this kid is too big, too powerful, too fast, and just too darn good not to go all the way. Looking at all of the linemen in the Pacific Northwest this young man would be right on par with Oregon’s amazing Connor Humphreys who is now at 5 Major Offers and on the All American watch lists.
Living in a small town boys and girls has a lot of advantages. One of the few disadvantages is that it can be harder to get looked at for college. But the game changer that is HUDL will help insure that is not the case. And through that wonderful technology we can bring you the fire breathing monster that is Cole McGinnis.
Coaches we have his phone number and email. Call us anytime at (Dirk) 503-799-8383 and his Coaches information is on his HUDL film!
Idaho boys will be featured again this week so send us your info if your needing help.
And if you want a Chance to work with Coaches Cole Morgan and Eddie Behringer and their amazing crew at Mercer Island get all the info on Camp Right Here! The Camp is June 7th this year and filling up fast! Maybe you can be the next Cole McGinnis?