"I definitely wanted to make sure I wasn't making a decision from a temporary high," Cole said. "I needed to see that it was a real feeling, to make sure it was the best decision.
"I chose Texas because I felt it was the best place for me to grow and become a better football player and a better person," Cole said. "When I went to the spring game, God gave me a sign, and I went with it."
Cole's talented teammate, Malcom Brown, elected to commit at the same time, continuing Texas's pipeline into a powerful Brenham program.
"Malcom and I are really close, so we talk about everything, including schools," Cole said. "We wanted to make the best decision for us (individually), not just one going to the school the other was going to. He pulled the trigger and said he felt the same things I've felt."
Since then, Cole said that his recruiting has slowed down, allowing him to work on becoming a better player. He's spent the offseason working on his coverage skills and his speed. At 220 pounds, Cole has been clocked at 4.63 in the 40-yard dash.
"(The Texas staff) told me they wanted me on the inside," Cole said. "But I feel like I could play wherever. I can play it all."
Cole listed his strengths as his leadership ability, his on-field smarts and his knack for finding the ball. When asked what he wanted to work to improve, Cole said "everything."
"I need to get better at tackling, improve in coverage and get faster," Cole said.
Cole said he has a great relationship with his other Longhorn commitments, and said he's excited to get to Austin to play with them. He'll do so after finishing up next May.
Until then, Cole said he would focus on helping the Cubs reach their potential.
"Our team goal just needs to be to get better every day," Cole said. "If that happens, everything else will take care of itself, and we'll get what we want out of the season. Everything else will just fall into line."
That's an attitude in improvement that Cole said he liked to apply toward his individual achievements as well.
"I just want to make sure that every time I leave the football field, I did everything I could to get better," Cole said. "I don't want to have any regrets."
Tim Cole said he believed heavily in the saying: don't make permanent decisions on temporary emotions. That's a big part of the reason Cole drug out his recruitment relatively long, waiting until the Texas Spring Game to pull the trigger.