Stone Bridge RB Jared Cole (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
recruitNoVA Fab 30: Jared Cole – Stone Bridge #30
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Stone Bridge went all the way to the Class 5 State Championship game in 2018, but fell two scores short of taking home the title. Running back and slot receiver Jared Cole enters his senior season with his college commitment set and with a new commitment to bringing the state championship home to Ashburn.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in and around Northern Virginia. Kicking off our countdown at number 30 is speedster Jared Cole of Stone Bridge High School.
#30 Jared Cole (2020 RB 5-9 180) – Stone Bridge High School
Last season saw the emergence of the 5-9, 180-pound Cole as a quick threat and added weapon to a backfield that also included Nick Mell and his 1,200 yards of rushing. Cole, however, made his own mark, rushing for over 1,000 yards on just 87 carries for an eye-popping 12-yard per carry average. His hands were also a benefit for the Bulldogs out of the backfield as the junior grabbed 20 catches for 306 yards. In all, Cole accounted for 1,426 total yards and 18 touchdowns, as Stone Bridge marched to a 12-3 record, stunning Broad Run in the 5C Region championship before falling to the Springers in the Class 5 state championship.
UMass sees Cole fitting in the mold of another New England football legend. That’s New England Patriot Julian Edelman.
There are a few years yet to go before Cole can fill Edelman’s shoes. Right now, he’s focused on his senior season. A college career comes next, and after that, we’ll see where he goes.
– Jim McGrath