COLONY —Two Crest High seniors decided to continue their football careers in the same direction.
C.J. Cole and Jake Tinsley signed national letters of intent Feb. 3 to play football for Fort Scott Community College. The Greyhounds, went 11-0 in regular season play then lost 31-26 to Blinn (Texas) in the national NJCAA title game in December.
“We’re excited to have two talented offensive linemen coming into the program. C.J. and Jake have the size to develop into contributors on our line,” said Jeff Sims, FSCC head coach.
Cole and Tinsley were first-team All-Three Rivers League Eight-Man offensive linemen. Tinsley earned eight-man all-state honorable mention. Crest went undefeated in TRL play.
“I love the game of football and Fort Scott seemed to offer the most and the best program,” Tinsley said. “I’ll do whatever the coaches want me to do to have the opportunity to show I can play. I just didn’t want to stop playing football yet.”
Tinsley is the son of Karen McCue of Colony and David and Cindy Tinsley of Colony.
“Fort Scott’s got a great football program and since I really didn’t want to stop playing football; this was an opportunity to continue,” Cole said. “I’ll practice hard and be competitive for my position. That makes everybody better in the long run.”
Cole said he wanted to get a college education and “I have the athletic ability to play football which will help pay for college. Since I wanted to keep playing football, it’s a great situation.”
Cole is the son of Michelle and Will Starr of Kincaid.
Sims said the Greyhounds graduated their top six offensive linemen from the 2009 squad. He said offensive line coach Curtis Horton will help develop Cole and Tinsley into solid contributors along the line.
Tinsley plans on majoring in civil engineering and Cole plans on majoring in business management.
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