January 22, 2009
Mizzou offers Oklahoma athlete
Tulsa (OK) Tulsa Central junior DeMarco Cobbs has impressed schools across the country with his ability to play almost any position on the field. After putting up monster numbers as a junior, the offers have come pouring in.
"I got another one today from Florida," Cobbs said. "I also have offers from Tulsa, Arkansas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Alabama."
The Tigers are another Big 12 school that has the athlete on their radar and made him an offer on Wednesday. According to the junior, he knows a lot about the Tigers.
"I know a lot about Jeremy Maclin with him having 18 touchdown receptions and going over 1000 yards and being number one in all-purpose yards for the second consecutive year," he said. "I know Chase Daniel was a runner up in last year's Heisman contest. I also know that they went to the Big 12 Championship the last two years in a row."
Even though the Tigers have not been able to make it to a BCS bowl in the past few seasons, the Oklahoma native said he is giving all schools an equal look.
"To tell you the truth, I am looking at everybody," the junior said. "It matters and then again, it doesn't matter. I want to play against the best, and Missouri plays against some pretty tough teams."
During his junior season, Cobbs spent time playing on both sides of the ball and seemed to be successful wherever his coach placed him.
"I played free safety the last three games because the free safety got hurt," he said. "I ended up doing pretty good there and had 25 tackles with two interceptions. I played some receiver and had six catches for 213 yards and two touchdowns. I played quarterback and put up some big numbers and rushed for over 1000 yards and passed for over 1000. I threw ten in the air and had 18 touchdowns on the ground."
When it comes to picking a position for college, Cobbs thinks he will be most useful as a wide receiver.
"The main position I think I can play is receiver because of my size," Cobbs said. "I am 6-2 and 200 lbs. I am real quick off the ball, and I think I can bring a big presence to any team as far as getting them to where they need to be."
Along with wanting to play for a competitive team, Cobbs said one of the biggest factors will be the family environment the team creates.
"First, I really want to get to know the coaches on and off the field," he said. "Just really get to know them as far as their families. I want a good education. Academics will play a huge part. Seeing how the players act around the coaches and how they treat each other. Just how they carry themselves as a person on and off the field. Basically, I just want to feel home and welcome and be taken care of."
In the spring, Cobbs plans on deciding which schools he wants to visit. Cobbs does not have a top five at this point, and he does not expect to make a quick decision. Because family is so important to the junior, he said he wants to make his decision on signing day with the school and his family present. For Cobbs, being heavily recruited is a chance to serve as a role model for his family.
"I just want to open the doors for my nieces and nephews, so they can have a brighter future if I do decide to go pro or something," Cobbs said. "I just want to break the cycle because we have had a lot of talent in our family but just have made a few mistakes that have stopped some of my relatives from going to the next level.
"I just really want to make my family proud and first of all get an education, and if I am that good I will go pro. But I really want to set the stage and open it up for the younger generation of my family. I want to show them that it can be done."
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