CFB AM: Recruit copies LeBron James to commit to hometown Michigan

Four-star recruit Brian Cole committed to Michigan over the weekend by stealing a page from LeBron James. Plus, more news and notes around the college football world.

Hoke: Expectations at Michigan are high

 
JUL 28, 1:43 pm
Michigan head coach Brady Hoke offers his outlook on the 2014 Wolverines.

The ante for high school football players announcing where they’ll play college ball continues to be raised.

Just last week, one kid gave his pledge to Florida by pulling out a live baby alligator.

A live alligator!

This past Saturday, Brian Cole did something quite a bit less insane and yet still more creative.

Cole, a four-star cornerback/athlete from Saginaw, Michigan, committed to the Wolverines by channeling the tactics of another free agent.

Earlier this summer, of course, LeBron James announced he was returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers by writing an essay for Sports Illustrated, which was accompanied with a photo of James and the words “I’m Coming Home” printed in bold font.

Cole must have taken notes, because here’s how he told Michigan fans he was heading to Ann Arbor:

Well played, young Cole.

As for James, an avid Ohio State Buckeyes fan, how do you think he feels about being a source of inspiration for future Wolverine football players?

(h/t Bleacher Report)

THREE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW

1. We’ve reached the final stop of the 2014 media days tour, as the Big Ten has its moment in Chicago over the next two days. New Penn State coach James Franklin will be a main attraction, I’m sure, along with Ohio State’s Urban Meyer and Nebraska’s Bo Pelini. Franklin isn’t afraid to upset some people along the way to rebuilding Penn State, writes Jeremy Fowler. Among the players attending: Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon, both Heisman candidates for 2014.

2. Joe Mixon, a five-star freshman running back at Oklahoma, has been accused of punching a woman in the face, breaking four bones. Norman police have confirmed some incident to took place but have not made any arrests and are conducting an investigation. Obviously, this could hold serious repercussions for Mixon and OU entering the fall.

3. Stanford coach David Shaw gave lengthy and insightful comments to colleague Bruce Feldman last week on pay-for-play and the changing NCAA landscape. Shaw says a lot, so you should take a few minutes to sift through his own words, but one notable stance he’s repeatedly taken is against the “starving athlete” narrative, which has been a popular rallying cry from student-athletes seeking to be paid. Shaw doesn’t deny some players face difficult financial situations, but says it’s “hard for me to believe that there is not enough money to eat,” given his knowledge of what’s included in a scholarship.

THREE THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

1. Charlie Strong is cleaning house in Austin, as he booted two more players from the program last Friday. Implementing a new culture begins with scrubbing the old one.

2. After Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops knocked Texas A&M’s non-conference schedule last week, Aggies coach Kevin Sumlin issued a challenge to the Sooners: Anytime you want to play, let’s go.

3. Personal quarterback coaches are becoming ever more popular in college football, and Dan Wolken writes about that trend here. Most high-profile college QBs get extra reps with someone in the offseason, but some college coaches, such as Auburn’s Gus Malzahn and Florida State’s Jimbo Fisher, don’t allow their players to seek this instruction. "We've got good quarterback coaches," Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher is quoted as saying in USA Today. "My guys aren't going out there. I'll coach them. When they go to pro ball, they can do whatever they want. We'll coach our guys. I don't think it benefits you. We know what we're doing, too."

I’d respectfully disagree with Fisher. It’s understandable why coaches wouldn’t want private instructors implementing changes that run counter to the system a QB must operate in when he returns to campus, but with some communication, these private coaches should be invaluable resources for QBs. NCAA rules limit the time coaches can spend with their players, so why force a player to give up a chance to get better in the offseason? Communicate with the private coach what you don’t want messed with, and let them work within that framework.

It’s in the private coach’s best interest to build a reputation of not sabotaging the work college coaches have already done. Don’t you think Auburn’s Nick Marshall could have greatly improved his passing skills by spending a summer with George Whitfield or someone else? Just seems strange to deny him that, as it doesn’t help Auburn.

THREE THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW

1. Urban Meyer shared some photos of Ohio State’s upgraded facilities.

2. Speaking of the Meyers, Urban’s wife spoke longingly about the family’s time at Florida and wishes they could have stayed in Gainesville much longer. She also had a blunt message for the bitter Florida fans on message boards still trashing the family’s name.

3. An Oklahoma recruit drilled a 66-yard field goal and then took a shot on Twitter at Texas fans who were taking shots at him.

LASTLY

Tennessee is still not over Lane Kiffin.

Have a good Monday, all.

Teddy Mitrosilis is an editor and writer for FOXSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TMitrosilis and email him at tmitrosilis@gmail.com.

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