September 23, 2021
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DITR: Cole Donahue

Cole Donahue from Rosepine High School in Rosepine, Louisiana
Cole Donahue from Rosepine High School in Rosepine, Louisiana

Cole Donahue is a Class of 2022 Tight End from Rosepine High School in Rosepine, Louisiana. As a do-it-all tight end, Donahue lined up off the tackle, in the slot, and as the outside receiver. His ball skills and yards after the catch ability make him a threat, and he makes cornerbacks look silly when he is lined up at receiver. His speed makes him a problem for linebackers, and he is a matchup nightmare. With that, he is an aggressive blocker, making large gaps in the running game for previous Diamond in the Rough, Grant Ducote. Donahue is 6’2” and 205lbs, and is a 2 time 1st team All-District 4-2A and a 2 time 1st team All-Vernon Parish Selection, all while maintaining a 3.2 GPA.

How long have you been playing football?

Cole: This is my 3rd year playing tackle football. I used to play flag football when my dad was stationed in Germany. He is an active First Sergeant in the U.S. Army, and when he was stationed here in Louisiana is when I started playing tackle.

How would you describe your role on the team?

C: I would say I’m a positive impact to the team. I like to hype my guys up and let my teammates shine. I’m not a star, I’m very much a team player, but when the team need it, I’m reliable and I get the job done.

How would your teammates describe you?

C: I’m a leader. We have a large senior class coming back, and we’ve all been taught really well by the older guys who graduated. I’ve stepped up as a leader and I’ve been trying to encourage the team, I’ve been breaking huddles, motivating, coaching as much as I can when our guys are struggling. We don’t have a tight end after I leave, so I’ve been working with those guys who might end up replacing me, and working with young corners and receivers after practice to make sure the team is in the best spot.

What would you say is your biggest strength?

C: I mean, my size and my hands are by biggest strengths. With my size, I can get off corners easily and catch the ball in traffic. I’ve also been working on my speed, and I got my 40 time down to a 4.7, and I can burn linebackers over the top.

What do you need to improve on the most to make sure you’re successful at the next level?

C: I went to a lot of camps, and footwork is bread and butter at the next level. I’ve been focusing on footwork and mechanics. 

Who would you compare yourself to, in college or the NFL?

C: I would say Darren Waller is a good comparison, he’s a versatile tight end that is a good blocker and a better pass catcher. He’s also a little smaller for the position, like I am, but the tweener aspect of his game makes him so great.

What is your goal for this season with Rosepine? 

C: I want to take us somewhere we’ve never been before, past the 2nd round in playoffs. I want us to carry on to 3rd or 4th round. Winning Districts would also be a huge deal, it is my goal to beat our rival high schools.

What are you going to bring to the college team that recruits you?

C: Honestly, the Darren Waller comparison sums it up pretty well. No matter where I go, I’m going to help the team. I’m going to put on size to be a true tight end, my blocking game is improving, and my catching game will help the whoever signs me.

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