Calhoun Enjoying ‘Generational Athlete’ in Senior Receiver Cole Speer
Calhoun, GA-(WDEF-TV) For the second year in a row, Calhoun football is headed to the state quarterfinals. The Yellow Jackets have impressed all year, but one player in particular is getting attention from the mighty SEC. He’s already committed to the Number One team in the nation. News 12’s Angela Moryan found out what makes him so special.
Said receiver Quin Smith: “You see it, there’s just something different about him. As soon as he gets the ball in his hands, I mean, the field is his.”
Senior Cole Speer is Calhoun’s speedy swiss army knife. He plays in all three phases, sprints at a 4.3 speed, and has amassed over 2,000 yards in just the last two years.
Said quarterback Christian Lewis: “He’s electric, you know what I’m saying? He can take a screen pass or a 5-yard stop 60 to the house. Just getting the ball in his hands and letting him go make a play is something special to watch.”
Said Smith: “You don’t come across a lot of them. I’ve been playing with him for years now, ever since middle school. You could tell. Just his athletism. That was special. You don’t see a lot of them.”
Which is exactly why the Georgia Bulldogs snagged him when they could.
Reporter: “What excites you about going down to Athens next year?”
Said Speer: “Everything. Being a better football player, building my character, being around different guys and just learning more.”
Said head coach Clay Stephenson: “He’s got elite speed, and he’s got great hands and great work ethic. I think everything that he does revolves around being a better athlete and that’s what it takes to play football at UGA.”
Said Smith: “You know, there’s a lot of big time players, but I feel like he’ll fit right in. He’s got the skillset. He’s got the capability to stand his ground.”
Said Lewis: “He’s a generational athlete, you know what I’m saying? The speed that he has, the physicality that he plays with, the heart that he plays with, it’s something you don’t see very often, and he knows that. We know it. So we take full advantage of it.”
The Jackets will need every bit of that speed and physicality in the quarterfinals against Clarke Central Friday. Reporting in Calhoun, Angela Moryan, News 12 Now.