One of the best of the best Defensive Linemen in the entire Region is 6’5″- 280 lb Defensive Tackle Cole McGinnis of Gooding High School up in Idaho. The big fella dished it out all over the West at camps and clinics and frankly was rarely if ever defeated. He went on to help his squad to another 3A 3rd place finish this year and dominated both sides of the ball with explosive power. Best looked upon as a ball hungry attacking defender McGinnis also started at offensive line where we felt he was equally gifted.
The MVP of the biggest Camp of the year (MWEFC Mercer Island) dominated in the 1-1’s the last two seasons and he came very close to landing a Pac 12 offer from a number of schools. But it apparently was not to be. So big Cole will be heading to the school he felt was the best option out of a handful of Big Sky schools that offered him.
“It is going to be Weber State,” said McGinnis. “I finally got to go there to Ogden to see the school and meet the new staff and I was sold.”
He has been so busy with football and now not only Wrestling but Basketball too.
“It’s crazy. It took me a while to get back into the flow of basketball but I earned a starting spot and we are doing pretty good right now,” added Cole.
But did he say wrestling too?
“Oh for sure. I am the returning State Heavy Weight Champ from the last two seasons so you know I am going for a third. It works out ok. I am able to split practice time between the two sports and still compete at a high level. But I will not say it is easy.”
Wow. I have seen a lot of things but this you rarely is every see. McGinnis talked about his big decision.
“The campus #1 is way nicer then I imagined. The new Football facilities are top notch, and the Coaches I give really big kudos too. Coach Colton Swan really made a big impact on me and did the new Head Coach Jay Hills who just got the job. They want to do big things and this looks like a place where I can help them do that,” added Cole.
Now he is a member of the LDS Church and is going to be sent on a Mission. So he will sign his NLI Letter and finish school and likely be sent off in June. When he gets back the Weber State slot will be there for him and he feels strongly he will still be committed. The question is what will he be like when he is 20? A bigger more powerful version of himself would be an absolute spectacle potentially. No matter what happens the big kid from the small town is off the board and could not be happier.
“This is great for me. A really solid fit all around and I am very proud to be pledging to Weber State.”
Great job Cole. He is just another in a long line of superb kids coming out of the State of Idaho this season and there is more where that came from in Gooding. Stay tuned for more on that!