Colorful Cole Madison gets last laugh for Kennedy Catholic
Sometimes called "Goldilocks" for his long, curly hair, the Washington State recruit is a bear to handle at 6 feet 5, 270 pounds.
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Cole Madison hears the taunts.
The curly-haired Madison let's them laugh until he takes the football field for Kennedy Catholic.
Then, opponents stop laughing and start worrying about the 6-foot-5, 270-pound strongman. And the pancakes pile up for the Washington State verbal commit.
In addition to his ability to block, the Lancers' senior tight end and defensive end also has special hands and agile feet.
But at first glance, most can't see past the wavy locks.
"Some opponents call me names, like 'Goldilocks, Shirley Temple' and stuff like that," he said. "They usually stop after the first couple plays. I consider myself a free-spirited guy, but when I get on the football field, I get pretty serious."
An avid fisherman and hunter, he appears to be a perfect fit for new coach Mike Leach at WSU. His personality seems to match that of the Cougars' quirky first-year leader.
"I really like how he treats his players," Madison of Leach. "He puts his players before himself. He's really straightforward. There's no bullcrap."
The Lancers' big man was the Seamount League Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2011, and a first-team selection at both tight end and defensive end.
He had 15 receptions for 265 yards and three touchdowns, and made 37 tackles and two sacks. Madison was also an All-Seamount basketball player, averaging 8.5 points and about seven rebounds.
"He's a very, very enjoyable and unique kid," Kennedy coach Bob Bourgette said. "He's a fun kid. He's a free spirit. He fishes and hunts a lot, so I figured it was either WSU or Wyoming all the way for him.
"He likes his country music and is always trying to play that at practice."
Coaches of opposing teams come away most impressed by his off-field demeanor.
"It's just his humbleness," said Foster coach Jim Sutrick, whose Auburn Riverside freshman son, Kyle, attended a recent camp with Madison. "He came up and talked to my son at camp. Lots of seniors could've blown off a little freshman."
Kennedy has won or shared 15 of 17 Seamount titles and last failed to win a league title in 2009. JFK has won 13 consecutive Seamount games.
If Madison has anything to do with it, the Lancers' dominance should continue in 2012.