Monday, October 1, 2012

Nate "King" Cole

Photo courtesy of max preps
It's a Cole world down in Orange County.

But we're not talking about the rapper J. Cole, we've begun to discover a football talent at quarterback down in the Southern California region - Aliso Niguel quarterback Nathan "Nate" Cole.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Cole may already impress people down in the O.C with his college football-like stature already. But its the on field stuff that's getting me influenced.

For one, he's got a excellent zip to his throws. His field vision and accuracy also scored major points. His senior year right now is also probably going to get different colleges to make a move.

This season, Cole has thrown 27 touchdown passes in just six games, along with a 70.7 completion percentage. He had six in a 42-12 win over Coronado High back on Sept. 15. His most recent outing advanced his prep game even further - with 37-of-48 passing for 491 yards and seven touchdowns in the 50-41 victory over Woodbridge-Irvine. He only has four interceptions, and that was all in one game - the 84-20 loss to undefeated Mission Viejo. He still tossed three touchdowns and 302 passing yards that game.

He's got the arm, size and vision to make someone glad at the next level. A couple of flaws to think of are his mobility, since he looked slow running around while being chased. His release is also a gray area. Most quarterbacks usually take just three seconds or less to release a throw. Cole, on average, didn't release the ball until 4-5 seconds while watching his film. This will raise questions on whether or not he can adjust his throws while facing heavy pressure, where he's forced to make a quick pass right away.

In the end, Cole is emerging as a late-blooming talent in California. More progress can make it a different kind of Cole world down in Southern California on Friday nights.


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