Maybe it's his size and quickness. Could be his All American smile. Or maybe it is those flowing gold locks reminiscent of the Nordic legend Thor. Whatever it is there is no denying that Cole Madison is a recruit of note in the Pacific Northwest.
Now at 6'6" and headed to a solid 260 Madison is a great looking athlete. He had a nice hoops season with the Kennedy Catholic Lancers and just finished with the team who made the final 8 teams and had a great time doing it.
"It was awesome. We have a good team and made the most of the season," said Madison who unlike many top football recruits said he is going to stay with basketball too.
He went on, "I am going to stay with hoops. We have a great team coming back next season and I think we can be a force. I enjoy it and it helps me stay explosive on the football field too."
Wise words from a wise kid. That explosiveness and flexibility in that big body is exactly what is gaining him some attention from big time colleges.
On to football and the off season ahead.
"I am lifting, worker on my speed, getting quicker too," he said.
His schedule ahead will include the Nike NFTC Camp at Oregon on June 10th where many of the top athletes in the region will be. Then he will hit some team camps, the U of W Rising Stars Camp, and is pondering a trip to UCLA and maybe Utah. Both schools that have heated up on him recently.
There are others. Wyoming, Idaho, and WSU are all in the mix. Some of them are probably trying to figure out where this big dog fits in the best. He could play tight end and has soft hands. But in that big agile frame he could make a very effective strong side defensive end. Then too maybe offensive guard is where he will end up.
For Cole it is going to be a matter of the best fit and what a school needs. The fact that he is not a guy that can be slotted at one place is a real bonus.
He is planning to attend a skills camp in Portland, Oregon with legendary NFL player and former Army Head Coach Stan Brock. The three day padded camp is going to break things down like no other camp and Madison should leave there tuned up and with some great battles behind him from the 1-1 and competitive portion of the camp. Many of the Regions premier linemen will be there and it is open to anyone. See Trench Camp.com.
What about that hair? Will be cut it?
"No way. It has been with me since 9th grade and there are no plans to cut it," he said laughing.
Fair enough big man. Fair enough!
Here is his film. Get a look at the 2011 version of Madison. He will be 1 to 2 inches taller this season and about 20 pounds heavier and he expect to be faster and stronger. No doubt coaches are going to watch this young man as his Spring and Summer unfold.