Coach believes Cobb, Ware have bright future

Salesian assistant coach D'vah Thomas believes that Marquis Ware and Jamardre Cobb have a bright future. Read on to see why that future is going to happen at Arizona, why he believes that to be the case, and more.

Upon becoming the head football coach at the University of Arizona, Rich Rodriguez set out to establish recruiting relationships at some of the most important high schools on the West Coast.

Mission accomplished.

While Rodriguez has established a very strong rapport at in-state powerhouses like Scottsdale Chaparral, he has also gone about doing the same at talent-laden programs throughout California, including Salesian High School in Los Angeles.

"Rich Rodriguez did a great job establishing a bond and friendship with the really good kids in the program," said Salesian assistant coach D'Vah Thomas.

"He was after Jamardre Cobb and Marquis Ware early and when he got them down to Tucson earlier he essentially closed the deal."

It was a combination of things that led the duo to pledge to Arizona.

"I know they were really impressed with the school and the training atmosphere and it was place they wanted to go to for four to five years and enjoy being student athletes," Thomas said.

Thomas also believes that both players are equipped to make an early impact in their college careers.

"I've known both of these kids forever and it was easy to tell that both were going to be good," he said.

"Jamardre is you typical Ray Lewis-type middle linebacker. He is incredibly physical and when he is up at the line he just wreaks havoc on the opposing team's runner. Meanwhile, he's gotten much better in coverage. He is just a physical kid and is ready to go in there and be a big part of the defense.

"Marquis is also very talented, but has a little different skill set. He is not quite as thick as Jamardre, but he is a very quick and instinctive kid who can do really whatever a coach needs off the edge."

While both prospects had their choice of attending any number of college football powerhouses, Thomas claims the comfort factor with the Arizona coaches convinced the duo to spurn some of the nation's elite programs.

"They both know they can play," he said. "They aren't scared to go to a place with players, but they want to go to a place that is a natural fit for them.

"When you look at Coach Rodriguez and the success and defensive system he runs, it was a perfect place for both of them. I can't wait to see how much they develop."

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