Cobbs likes what he sees at UT

DeMarco Cobbs isn’t going to rush into his college decision.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound wide receiver from Tulsa (Okla.) Central High School visited Tennessee last weekend.

Cobbs, who’s also considering Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Oklahoma, said UT had become his favorite school even before he took his visit.

He said he considered committing to the Vols during his trip but decided it wasn’t the right time.

“It somewhat crossed my mind but I wasn’t 100 percent,” he said.

That’s because Cobbs was afraid he might decommit once he returned home from his visit.

Cobbs said he’s seen too many prospects commit early only to change their mind later in the recruiting process.

“I don’t want to have coaches guessing,” he said. “I don’t like playing games.

“If I’m going to commit to a school I’m going to commit to a school and stick with it.”

UT would love to receive a commitment from Cobbs.

Rivals.com ranks him the No. 11 athlete in the country and the top prospect in Oklahoma.

The University of Oklahoma has signed the state’s top player the last six years.

The last time the No. 1 player in Oklahoma snubbed the Sooners was 2003 when receiver Robert Meachem signed with UT.

Since then the Vols have signed defensive tackle Chase Nelson, receiver Gerald Jones and tailback David Oku from Oklahoma.

Their decisions to choose UT caused Cobbs to pay more attention to the Vols.

“That played a huge thing in my decision as far as bumping (UT) up,” Cobbs said. “Oklahoma guys have been real successful there.”

Cobbs believes UT will be successful thanks to coach Lane Kiffin and his staff.

He said he enjoyed watching UT’s staff work during his visit.

“That coaching staff is ridiculous,” he said. “Think about it.

“You have future Hall of Fame coaches on there like coach Monte Kiffin and coach (Ed) Orgeron. They have a real good coaching staff.”

Cobbs said he plans to return to UT this fall for an official visit.

He said he hasn’t set dates on any of his official visits.

Follow Jerod: Freshman linebacker Jerod Askew believes he can help UT sign some of his former teammates at Oscar Smith High School in Chesapeake, Va.

Quarterback Phillip Sims and defensive tackle Evan Hailes were both recruited by UT before they committed elsewhere.

Sims is committed to Alabama and Hailes to Penn State.

Still, Askew pointed out those commitments aren’t official until National Signing Day on Feb. 3.

“They’re really waiting for me to say how it is up here,” Askew said. “It’s great right now but you never know what will happen later on. Probably like two months from here I guarantee they’ll probably be up here.”

Bring The Payne: Defensive back Keion Payne has narrowed his list of schools to five.

The 5-11, 155-pound defensive back from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., told EerSports.com he plans to take official visits to UT, Florida, Florida State, Miami and Ohio State.

Payne is a teammate of kicker Michael Palardy, who committed to UT last month.

UT is also recruiting St. Thomas tailback Giovanni Bernard and cornerbacks Lamarcus Joyner and Cody Riggs.

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Comments » 32

tdforvols writes:

Reel em' in....

A nice picture of Eric Berry (along with story) currently headlining at espn. Go to:

http://espn.go.com/college-football/

ut_vols13 writes:

Sweet

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Staff registering in recruit's heads.

Keep it up, Kiffin and company.

utwick writes:

It's incredible that the staff is getting the attention of and visits from such incredible athletes from all over the country.

reelvol writes:

Isn't Oku from Kansas?

DRAGtheWATERS writes:

Askew maybe our top LB and recruiter if he can pull Sims. GO VOLS!

blitzshoot writes:

Huge recruit. Could be a ripple effect for others to follow.

AppraisalVol writes:

CLK on Jim Rome Show tomorrow on ESPN.

DennisVols writes:

Turner Baty reveals Manning ties
http://www.volnation.com/2009/08/13/t...

Trimble still high on Vols
http://www.volnation.com/2009/08/13/t...

DeMarco Cobbs clarifies top three
http://www.volnation.com/2009/08/13/d...

Tennessee Makes the Cut for South Florida RB
http://www.volnation.com/2009/08/10/t...

SLOBBER_knocker_U writes:

No one pay attention to DAMoron!

InertGas writes:

Thanks for visiting UT DeMarco. Hope you decide to make it your home for the next few years. Good Luck.

Kawryder20 writes:

in response to reelvol:

Isn't Oku from Kansas?

he was from Oklahoma City, same home town as Jones. And if Jerod can bring Sims over from the Tide... WOW.. huge, HUGE gain!!

vol1994 writes:

in response to DaMan:

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and you are are not smart enough to breathe the same air.

rockytopman writes:

in response to reelvol:

Isn't Oku from Kansas?

No, Bryce Brown is from Kansas...

Ironcity writes:

in response to DaMan:

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I find it funny that you would question Cobb when you struggle to structure a readable sentence.

POTSVol (Inactive) writes:

Bryce Brown is from Kansas.

GerryOP writes:

23 -- Fear The Kiffin...

jerseydevilvol writes:

in response to DennisVols:

Turner Baty reveals Manning ties
http://www.volnation.com/2009/08/13/t...

Trimble still high on Vols
http://www.volnation.com/2009/08/13/t...

DeMarco Cobbs clarifies top three
http://www.volnation.com/2009/08/13/d...

Tennessee Makes the Cut for South Florida RB
http://www.volnation.com/2009/08/10/t...

good stuff, thanks for the links

adamsck#591720 writes:

in response to DaMan:

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Well thought out. You are clearly a genius. Thanks for contributing.

chad_t31 writes:

No one gives a damn about your UF(elon) links you deem necessary to post on here. Reject.

footballtime writes:

ya know those sims brothers remind me of the clausen boys...ya know I had my ups and downs about them both ,but never felt they truly became true vols The sims seem that way also

Voluvr writes:

Cobbs and/or Prater would constitute the greatest staff of wide receivers ever at Tennessee.

mstanfor#611387 writes:

Not sure what the metric is to determine who the #1 player is in a given state. On that note, G. Jones was the Gatorade player of the Year In OK, his senior year.

TXVol14 writes:

If we could get Phillip Sims to come on an official visit to UT, that would scare a lot of Bama fans, and if we got him, Saban would go absolutely nuts!!

Looks like the 2010 version of stealing recruits who have already made a soft verbal is going to be just as good, if not better, than the class of 2009's

RollTideJoe writes:

in response to Plasticman:

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Won't happen. He is firmly committed to Alabama!

givehim6 writes:

Come on Cobb were going to get a big time QB with all the recivers that are committing. So whats up with UO with all the top Oky players going to UT and other schools?

chad_t31 writes:

in response to elaineismygirl:

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ok smartazz, no one cares about what you want. Damn attention-seeker.

CrimsonTidalWave writes:

Cobb wants to play opposite WR of Julio next season. If Saban wants him...he is going to Tuscaloosa.

CrimsonTidalWave writes:

in response to supersmo18:

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slamming Tebow only makes you appear more foolish. UT has never had a class act or a qb as good as Tebow.

johnlg00 writes:

in response to elaineismygirl:

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Pity poor Elaine!

1974Vol writes:

in response to CrimsonTidalWave:

Cobb wants to play opposite WR of Julio next season. If Saban wants him...he is going to Tuscaloosa.

Man I hope you trolls like the taste of crow, 'cause you sure will have alot to eat!

volfanNPa writes:

in response to RollTideJoe:

Won't happen. He is firmly committed to Alabama!

until the ink is dry in Feb anyone can decommit. With Bama's great recruiting class of last year I don't see Sims getting a chance to play for a few years. With all the attention the freshmen are getting at Tennessee right now I would not count this as a firm commit just yet.

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