Last week we brought you the story of Cole McGinnis of Gooding, Idaho. The small town farm boy is a rising star and at the time of writing the article we featured his story to help expose his considerable talents. And as is the case with much of what we have done over the years people seemed to read about Cole and be interested.
The story that ran last week on Rivals and NWPR was read over 3,000 times to date and apparently created quite a stir. We call them like we see them and maybe all we did was give Cole a little light. His film no doubt did the rest as it was one of the best pieces of film we have seen the last few years. Catch that here is you missed it.
“It was remarkable,” said the Senators Head Coach Cameron Andersen. “Withing 24 hours of your story my phone was blowing up. I had several schools calling to check on Cole and talk with me about him. It was really great to have that happen because the kid is an amazing talent.”
School like Idaho who seems really hot on Cole, Utah, Boise State, Cal, ISU, and BYU are hovering in for a look now. And why not? The kid at 6’5″- 275 lbs is an absolute monster. The 3.7 GPA student-athlete is the genuine article; the small town real life farm kid that can not only play some serious football but who is a 2 time defending State Champion wrestler in Idaho.
With those credentials and a chip on his shoulder the size of a boulder Cole and some of his team mates headed to Los Angeles to attend the 3 day FBU Camp. With over 200 of the Region’s best in attendance the boys of Idaho did not disappoint.
“I just called to let you know I was named the overall Camp MVP today,” said McGinnis on the other end of the phone. “It was a great camp and we had some real battles. I went against a big offensive linemen with some D-1 offers and I beat him pretty good. That was a big part of the MVP I think.”
That linemen was Thousand Oaks, California offensive linemen Reno Rosene of Oaks Christian High School. At 6’5″ and 300 lbs Rosene is a beast of a kid who has a Notre Dame offer to his credit and is touted as one of the top linemen in the Class of 2015.
“The Coaching was great. That part really stood out to me! Thurmond Moore was the defensive line coach and was great. He has worked with many of the best in college and the NFL. So I enjoyed that too!”
Making the trip down with him were fellow Senators Josh Finley, Landon Koyle, and Hank Boeger. All of them competed well, especially Finley, who can fly around and do some great things. The 6’0″- 210 lb 2015 linebacker made some real noise last year and at the FBU Camp as well.
“Josh is a top prospect too. Coaches watch Cole’s film and then end up asking me about Josh too. He is another kid in our program that will go places.”
McGinnis and Finley received automatic bids to the FBU Top Gun Camp in July and will both be making the trip.
“The competition was really great,” said Finley. “They worked us really hard and that I loved. The film study sessions were great too. Those were the highlights for me. Having the opportunity to get Idaho’s name out there for football was big as well!”
McGinnis said that he is tired of the perception he finds wherever he goes that Idaho is a small state and that there is not a lot of football talent there.
‘That’s just not true and I am really sick and tired of that,” said Cole. “You can bet I am going to out to prove that wherever I go. We all are.”
McGinnis said Idaho has called constantly since the first story broke and that he has heard some from Oregon State and BYU now. He is a member of the LDS Church and says he is looking for the best school he can find for himself. His decision on going on a Mission is up in the air right now as he wants to evaluate his best opportunities before he makes that choice.
Catch more on Cole McGinnis, Josh Finley, and these Idaho Senators as the Spring and Summer comes along. They will be making stops at several camps including the Northwest Elite Football Camp (Gesser Camp) on June 7th at Mercer Island High School which is shaping up again to be the Camp of the Year in the Northwest.
McGinnis will be at the Trench Camp in Portland, Oregon where Stan Brock, Steve Emtman, Gary Zimmerman, Manu Tuiasasopo, and a group of NFL Legends will lay down their unique brand of instruction for linemen. That will be something to see!