WHITMIRE — Whitmire High School senior Cole Eison, 17, has committed to play football at Newberry College next fall.
The senior chose Newberry College after attending a recruitment fair.
“It is close to home and seems like a small family. That is what I am used to here at Whitmire,” Eison said. “Ever since the thought of college came up, I have basically known it was Newberry College.”
Jamie Eison, Cole’s mother, said that when they decided to look at colleges, she thought they would visit several different institutions. However, as soon as the family went to that recruitment event, Cole Eison said Newberry College was the one.
“Coming from a small school, he wanted a small atmosphere,” Jamie Eison said.
Cole has been playing football since he was 4 and when he got to high school, he played varsity all four years. His main position has been strongside linebacker and placekicker.
Head Coach Charlie Jenkins said Eison has been a leader on defense.
“He is strong enough to make a tackle in the box, quick enough to cover receivers. He is smart, has good grades, very coachable,” he said. “If you tell him something, it does not take but once or twice, he gets the concept.”
Jenkins said that Eison has the signs of a leader because not only can he understand concepts, but he can make sure others get it too.
“Cole was a team captain, elected by his teammates, which I always think is more impressive than anything,” Jenkins said.
Eison also participated in other sports during his high school career, including wrestling and baseball, where he played second base.
“Although he is not a big child, he has the biggest heart for the sport (football). His heart is way bigger than he is,” Jamie Eison said.
Steve Eison, Cole’s father, added that his son definitely has God in his heart. His parents said Cole is a big church goer and he prays like no other.
“I tell him to keep God first and everything else will fall into place,” Jamie Eison said.
Cole said he is excited to get the experience to play football on the next level.
“I think I will be more focused on the one position and be able to get stronger and better in that position,” he said.
Jenkins added that it will be a crazy story if Eison gets to kick at Newberry because of how he became the kicker at Whitmire.
“The day of our first game I coached here, against Calhoun Falls, we were out just warming up before the game and he was out there goofing off kicking some. He was making 25 yard kicks with no problem,” Jenkins said. “The starting kicker said I need to take a look at this, so I asked Eison if he wanted to give it a shot and the rest is history.”
Cole said he plans to major in agriculture at Newberry College.
“I eventually want to go into forestry and do something with the outdoors. I kinda like being outdoors, hunting and fishing,” he said.
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