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December 11, 2006

Cole shocked to be named All-American

William Cole
West Team
Wide receiver
Cedar Hill, Texas
5-10, 165, 4.54

Cole in action

Rivals.com Rankings
Rivals.com wide receivers: No. 27
Rivals.com Texas top 100: No. 47

William Cole, a four-star wide receiver from Cedar Hill, Texas, is leading his team through one of the best playoff runs in school history. Cole has scholarship offers from all over the country.

Despite these facts, Cole said he was "shocked" when his coach presented him with the news this week that he had been selected for the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 4.

Five facts about William Cole
His sports hero: Michael Jordan
His all-time favorite movie: Friday Night Lights
His biggest sports dream: To play in the NFL
What he wants to accomplish in life: To get a college education
In college, he plans to major in: Computer science
"I was just coming to school and Coach (Joey) McGuire called me in the office," Cole said. "He started hugging up on me and I didn't know what he was doing. He told me to call you guys and I was just in shock the whole day.

"I mean the whole day, I was just amazed and I couldn't believe it. You're talking about being invited and nominated as an All-American. It's a great feeling. I'm going to have fun obviously, but when it's time to play, I'm going to try and win."

Cole, a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder, is a quarterback for Cedar Hill. Playing wide receiver in the all-star game will take him back to his junior year.

"It may be kind of awkward at first because I've been a QB the whole year," Cole said. "I think after a while, I'll go back to my junior season where I have to run routes and get off the line with a purpose. I'll get back into the swing of things and it's going to be fun."

Cole's team is heading to the state semifinals this weekend after beating DeSoto (Texas) High School this past week. As for recruiting, that's all taken a back seat until the playoff run ends hopefully with a state title.

"I haven't narrowed anything down because I'm trying to stay focused," Cole said. "I'm really looking at Texas A&M, Nebraska, Kansas, Baylor, and some others. There really aren't any huge favorites. Everybody is right up there with me."

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