Signing day update: LB Timothy Cole

AUSTIN, Texas -- Four-star linebacker Timothy Cole (Brenham, Texas/Brenham) has sent in his letter of intent to Texas.

Cole (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is the No. 27 outside linebacker in the nation and the No. 44 player in Texas, according to ESPNU. His high school teammate, Malcom Brown, is also committed to the Longhorns.

Cole, a U.S. Army All-American, has been committed to Texas since April 3, 2011. He chose the Longhorns over offers from Arkansas, USC, Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Clemson, Baylor, Texas A&M, Virginia, TCU and Texas Tech.

Cole is one of three linebackers in this class along with Peter Jinkens (Dallas/Skyline) and Alex De La Torre (Denton, Texas/Ryan).

Scouts take: “Cole is an athlete with the physical strength and playing speed necessary to dominate at the point of attack. Has the size and athleticism for the outside linebacker position at the major level of competition. We see a strong wrap tackler with the balance and explosion required to knock ball carriers back where they came from.”

Importance to class: This kid is a football player through and through. One of the things that Brenham coach Glen West’s likes most about Cole is his ability to run through ball carriers at the point of impact. Most players, West will tell you, like to gather themselves at that time and don’t follow through completely. Not Cole. He’s one of the purer tacklers in the state and has good size with room to add more bulk under Bennie Wylie.

How soon can he make an impact? The Longhorns will need to find replacements for Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson, and probably have them in some combination of Jordan Hicks, Steve Edmond and Demarco Cobbs. But the Longhorns will have to add depth behind backups Tevin Jackson and Aaron Benson and Cole could find his way into the mix, though he will have to beat out fellow incoming freshmen Peter Jinkens and Alex De La Torre, who is already enrolled.

Cole on signing with Texas: “It feels good. I can get a free education and get to pursue my career in whatever I want to do. It’s a blessing and I’m glad I got to get recruited by them. My dream’s coming true and I’m glad I’m going to play for college team I love and finally be a Longhorn.”