July 13, 2009

Cobbs like Vols, but how much?

Tennessee has had a nice amount of success in picking up Oklahoma recruits over the last decade, and Tulsa athlete DeMarco Cobbs would continue that trend. Cobbs recently cut his list of schools to six and says that things have been awfully slow on the recruiting front.

"It's been quiet now that I've narrowed it down to six schools," Cobbs said. "I've just been chilling and talking to the coaches at each of the six schools. I'm trying to get schedules of each of the schools and see when I want to plan my official visits."

In no particular order, those six schools to make Cobbs' final cut are Tennessee, Alabama, LSU, Georgia, Florida and Oklahoma.

Cobbs knows about fellow Sooner State products like Robert Meachem, Gerald Jones, and David Oku who left the Midwest for Rocky Top. But their previous and potential success isn't why Cobbs likes the Vols.

"I never really thought about it like that," Cobbs said. "I look at it like Oklahoma players have been successful at Tennessee, but they are just one of those schools that I'm really interested in. Coach (Lane) Kiffin is trying to establish a powerhouse in the SEC. I think they are going to surprise some people this year. Coach Kiffin doesn't have his players yet, but I think they are going to do some good things."

Cobbs' interest in the Vols is major. He has developed a wonderful relationship with not just one member of the Tennessee staff but several.

"I talk to just about everyone," said Cobbs, who indicated he expected to phone UT recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron on Monday night. "I talk to coach Mack (Willie Mack Garza), coach Orgeron and coach Kiffin a few times. They got a real impressive staff. It's kind of ridiculous. Everyone has NFL experience and I watched some of their practices on Youtube and coach Orgeron was really getting after everyone. Tennessee really reminds me of USC. Coach Kiffin is going to get his recruits."

On more than one occasion, Cobbs stated that Kiffin would get his recruits for his style of play. But will Cobbs be one of those players?

"I'm liking Tennessee a lot," Cobbs said with a laugh. "They are a lock for an official visit. If I had a top three they would be in that group. Once the season gets to rolling and I see how everything is going, I'll call the coaches after a loss to see how they handle adversity."

Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 205 pounds, Cobbs can do just about anything he wants on the football field. He rushed for over 1,500 yards, passed for over 1,000 yards and caught over 200 yards worth of footballs including over 30 trips to the end zone during his junior year.

He just says he knows how to make plays once he gets the football in his hands.

"I think I have the ability to make the big plays," Cobbs said. "My coach came to me during a scrimmage and said I'm dialing one. That's my jersey number. He kept dialing and I just took off and we ended up scoring. We never did get back down again."

Rivals.com rates Cobbs as a 4-star athlete in the class of 2010. He's also a member of the Rivals100.

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