Cobb's In First

Wasting little time after the 2011 national signing day, Warren wide receiver Jalen Cobb (6-1, 185) became Arkansas' first 2012 commit when he pledged Thursday that he will sign with the Razorbacks next February.

Warren coach Bob Hembree has never been one to overhype his players – even though he has had a ton of college players go on from being Lumberjacks to Division I players.

So when he praises junior wideout Jalen Cobb (6-1, 185) - who became Arkansas' first 2012 commit on Thursday - in such an effusive manner, it gets you attention.

After all this is the guy that coached current Razorback standouts Greg Childs, Jarius Wright and Chris Gragg and other standouts like former Tennessee wideout Brett Smith.

"He is such a great athlete and great young talent, someone with great speed and who runs great routes," Hembree said. "He is so much more advanced then those other guys at this stage. He is going to have a great college career for Arkansas."

Cobb's development has been enhanced by the trio of aforementioned Razorbacks coming back home to Warren and spending time with him.

"Those guys that have gone on to college have come back and worked with him and got him to this level," Hembree said. "That's why he has a leg up on them at this time in his career."

Hembree said that Cobb, who had 49 catches for 785 yards and 8 touchdowns this past season, was happy to get the process over with early.

He chose Arkansas over LSU and Auburn among others.

"He committed at 1:30 this afternoon and maybe now all of the other schools will leave him alone," Hembree said. "I sure hope so. It will make my job easier."

Cobb had been one of the few juniors in-state planning to come to Arkansas this weekend to take a tour of the facilities and watch the Razorbacks' basketball game with Ole Miss.

"LSU and Auburn both called and begged me to get him to come to their place this weekend," Hembree said. "But I told them, ‘look, he is going to Arkansas – both this weekend and that was where he was going to college. There was no use in them wasting the time recruiting him. He is going to be a Razorback."

Cobb will not make it to Fayetteville this weekend because of the weather, but Hembree has no doubt that the junior standout will make a splash for the Razorbacks when he does arrive.

"This kid may be the best one I have had yet," Hembree said. "That's saying something because we have had some great ones here."

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