It wasn’t a well-kept secret but fans weren’t complaining when they finally learned that DeMarco Cobbs is indeed committed to Tennessee.
The news leaked Sunday evening that Cobbs, who is widely considered one of the top athlete prospects in the nation, had told UT’s coaches he was committing.
“It feels good just to get that burden off my shoulder,” the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder said on Channel 9 in Tulsa. “(I) don’t have to worry about the phone calls and what not from different people, as far as interviews.
“I feel real good about it. I feel real confident in my decision. I’m just ready to play my senior year and just have fun with my teammates.”
Cobbs, who starred in several ways at Tulsa (Okla.) Central High School, said UT’s coaches have told him he’ll play receiver.
He rushed for more 1,100 yards and 20 touchdowns last season, threw for more than 1,000 yards and ten touchdowns, caught six passes for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns, returned a kickoff 90 yards for a score and intercepted two passes in 2008.
“I know I’ve got a pretty good chance (with) my size to make an immediate impact as a freshman,” he said.
Cobbs could continue a strong, recent run of talented receivers to leave Oklahoma for UT. Gerald Jones and Robert Meachem are two examples.
“I wouldn’t say that played a part into my decision but I did look at that and I thought that was pretty cool that (those) two came from the same state and went to Tennessee and have been very successful,” Cobbs said. “Robert Meachem was an All-American there. I feel that I can go there and do the same also.”
Cobbs’ decision was all but made when he visited UT’s campus in August.
“It was a real nice campus,” he said. “The coaches and the fans treated me right down there.”
He said being around UT’s players was a key factor in his decision.
“The practices were very intense and I like the fact they have fun,” he said. “They play music while they are practicing. Everybody is all jacked up and they want to practice.
“It was basically just a family. I felt really comfortable there.”