Florida State has made its presence felt in South Florida once again.
Miramar cornerback Tyrek Cole – an underrated four-star prospect by several media outlets – committed to FSU on Thursday night, becoming the sixth member of the Seminoles Class of 2015 recruiting class.
“I’m committed to Florida State,” Cole told the Miami Herald around an hour and a half before announcing his decision via his Twitter account. “I just like the program, Coach Jimbo [Fisher] and I felt like I go and play early, and I just want to win games. They win games.”
Here's his Twitter announcement:
I'm Officially Verbally Taking My Talents To Tally To Play for The Champs, Committing to Florida State University😎💯🏈 pic.twitter.com/z5Kytu8cUg— Tyrek cole (@Cole_island) January 10, 2014
Cole’s commitment comes during an eventful week for the Seminoles. FSU secured a commitment from 2015 Miami Central safety Calvin Brewton – Cole’s best friend – on Thursday, three days after beating Auburn in the BCS National Championship Game. The Noles also received commitments from two Class of 2014 recruits in the last week from Central running back Dalvin Cook and West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman wide receiver Travis Rudolph.
Cole said his relationships with Fisher, defensive ends coach Sal Sunseri and defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt were instrumental reasons in wanting to lock down a spot in the Noles’ class.
“I was just trying to pick the best school where I felt comfortable at,” said Cole, who picked FSU over South Carolina, Miami, Florida, and Auburn.
Cole’s decision also comes a day after his high school coach Damon Cogdell accepted a position to coach at his alma mater, West Virginia. Many believed Cole would follow his coach to Morgantown, WV, as Miramar receiver Khalil Lewis and running back Alex Anderson – both Class of 2015 prospects – did by committing to the Mountaineers on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively. Miramar senior safety Andre Godfrey committed to Utah earlier Thursday.
“At first it was kind of shocking,” Cole said of Cogdell’s move, “but we just have to move on. It was just something Coach had to do. We just got to move on and win games.”
As for Cole, he currently plans to stay at Miramar for his senior season, but can’t wait to make things official in Tallahassee. National Signing Day for his recruiting class is on Feb. 4, 2015.
“I just want to go there, win games and win championships,” Cole said.