Brandon Cole | Arizona Christian University | Cornerback

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Q: Tell us about your college career and what the recruiting process was like. Why did you choose Arizona Christian University? 

A: My process wasn’t some grand story of excitement and drawing in attention from top schools and having the opportunity to go wherever I wanted. Nonetheless it’s a great story and one that I’m proud of. In 2014 I was a walk-on to ACU. I attended the try-outs in March for the chance to earn a scholarship. I had recently been cut three times from community colleges, Mesa Community College, Phoenix Community College, and Scottsdale Community College. With nowhere else to go and lack of experience I was ready to give up but I just couldn’t accept that. There was a guy I met at PC and he told me about ACU. I reached out to the coaches to see if I can get an invite. At the end of the try-outs I was given a scholarship. It was only for $1000 but it didn’t matter to me. I was excited just to have the opportunity.

Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?

A: My biggest accomplishment, I’d have to say was coming into myself. After years of struggling and developing my skills. I overcame my disadvantage and I believe that I can play this game and at a high level.

Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at Arizona Christian University? 

A: To be honest I wish I could say that I learned something from my coaches. Nothing against any of them because I appreciate the opportunity given and I respect them. I came to that already dedicated to God. Aside from practice and watching film as a team there was no other interactions. I did learn something though. I learned the politics of the game. I learned that if I wanted to be the best I had to outwork everybody. I had to be the smartest because I wasn’t the strongest or the fastest. I had to be the most technically sound and disciplined player.

Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out? 

A: My major was Sports Management/Business Law. I forewent my senior year because I was drafted in the RPFL (Rivals Professional Football League). When I’m done playing my plan is to continue coaching and developing players technique and skills.

Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?

A: One thing that constantly comes up in conversation is my work ethic. Aside from that everybody will say that I’m quiet but when I have something to say it’s important. 

Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?

A: My most memorable play. I can’t say that it’s just one. For me it’s and entire game. In 2018 I played for the SoCal Coyotes in the DFI (Developmental Football International League) and the championship game is when I finally played the way I imagined I should. I had 1 interception, 1 forced fumble and I had the game winning recovery on an onside kick return.

Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?

A: My biggest challenge was overcoming my own doubt. Unlike most I my path to greatness didn’t start as a kid or even in high school. I didn’t start learning the ins and outs of football until I was 24yrs old. Confidence in my abilities and fear that I was too old to be recognized has been my greatest struggle.

Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?

A: Everybody loves to mention Deion Sanders. For me however, I’m an accumulation of guys I respect in the game. First was Richard Sherman because of his intelligence. Darrelle Revis because of his patients. Champ Bailey because of his ability to switch his style. Deion Sanders too but for his confidence. Chad Johnson because of his footwork. Brain Dawkins because of his fearlessness despite his size. Ray Lewis because of his passion and it goes beyond the game. These are the guys that I take from. 

Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?

A: The biggest strength that I bring. Everybody has work ethic and desire. To accompany that I’d have to say my desire and willingness to teach what I know and be a mentor.

Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back”/”pay it forward” in your community?

A: Currently I’m an assistant coach at Gilbert Christian High. For me teaching those young men proper technique and developing their skills is my way of giving back. I know it’s not financial, but to share knowledge and pass it onto the next wave of players is fulfilling. I just want to be the role model and mentor that I wish I had.

Q: How are you preparing for the 2020 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?

A: I’m focused. Along with the actual physical work I do extreme amounts of mental reps. Imagining myself do drills, proper technique vs a receiver and  going over all possible scenarios to find weakness in coverages and how to counter them.

Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?

A: My ultimate achievement is to retire healthy and having made enough money to take care of my family and the family I want to have. After playing I’d like to have my own DBU, developing young men in skills and character.

Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?

A: My most passionate hobby outside of football is writing music. Also I love martial arts so hopefully I can get back into that.

Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?

A: The most influential person in my life I never actually spent time with. Bruce Lee. From him I was able to develop my skills the way I have because became water. “Be water my friend”, was his quote and it meant to be able to form into anything, adapt to your surroundings. In his journey to perfecting his craft he studied many different styles of combat and simplified them. That was my approach to developing my game.

Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting? 

A: I honestly don’t think I’m interesting. If I had to say though, it would be my philosophy because it didn’t derive from football. Actually my first love was and still is martial arts.


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