LITTLE ROCK - If you like what Greg Childs and Jarius Wright have already brought to the University of Arkansas and what Chris Gragg is poised to, you might be interested in what Warren head coach Bo Hembree has to say about the latest Lumberjack star.
That would be Warren junior wide receiver Jalen Cobb (6-2, 180, 4.6), who got an offer from the Razorbacks this spring after an outstanding sophomore campaign.
"He is real gifted, he has got great hands, needs to work on his speed a little bit, but I think he has gotten a lot faster between this year and last year," Hembree said. "He is one of the better ones we've had here.
"He is a mixture of them that went up there," Hembree added. "His work ethic is good. He is going to be as good as they are when he leaves. He's still got two years left – a lot of high school ball left."
Cobb, who shined Friday at the 6th annual Shootout of the South despite his team's 2-3 record, likes what he hears from the former Lumberjacks about their experience in Fayetteville.
"Whenever they come home, whenever we work out together, they tell me how everybody up there, they treat them like family because they don't really got nobody up there but their teammates and their coaches," Cobb said. "They are going to take care of me if I come up there. Everything is good and I just have to stay in my books and my football."
The 2012 prospect, who also has an offer from Arkansas State, believes he has a little bit of those former Warren standouts in his own game.
"I'm like Greg in that if you put me on the goal line I am able to out-jump anybody in the back of the end zone," Cobb said. "J, I just think with the quick routes, we have a lot in common with that."
Gragg has grown from 180-pound wideout to a 240-pound tight end.
"That is the number one thing that I have noticed," Cobb said. "He just eats. When I was up there, I saw that they had a bar where they fix them protein shakes. That was really neat. I ain't never seen nothing like that. That's another reason I want to go up there is to put on some weight."
Cobb is also thinking beyond just the football program in considering a school - and doesn't tried to hide the fact that he wants to be a Razorback.
"I think it is a pretty good program because when I go to school I plan on majoring in radiology and I looked it up and they have a pretty good program in that," Cobb said. "Just being able to play football for Coach Petrino – that would be a honor."
He admits that he was somewhat stunned when he got the early offer from Arkansas.
"I got notified that I was going to get an offer - I was at lunch one day school at about 12:30," Cobb said. "Coach Bo came into the cafeteria like he was mad at me. I thought I had messed up in the classroom or something. He passed me the phone and it sounded like it was an interview at first.
"Then they told me they were going to offer me and I had to pass Coach Bo back his phone because I almost fell out," Cobb said.
Cobb doesn't rule out making an early commitment, but has his mind in the right place right now.
"I really don't know right now," Cobb said. "All I am really trying to focus on is my school work. I am trying to get my ACT score right. I will have my mind made up my senior year."
He will be in Fayetteville for the Razorbacks' one-day camp on July 17th.
"I went last year when I was in the ninth grade (headed into the 10th)," Cobb said. "I think it will be a good (camp) to go up there to because just getting to meet all the coaches and being around other people and get to know them, I think they will help me out."
It certainly helps Arkansas out that Cobb has been a Razorback fan for awhile – in part because of a former UA star with a similar last name.
"I grew up liking Arkansas because a long time ago I used to play running back and I use to admire Cedric Cobbs," Cobb said. "That's what got them in my head."
Cobb has read that both Ole Miss and Auburn are interested in him, but he has not heard that from his coach – who keeps his kids level-headed by deflecting a lot of the recruiting attention aimed their way.
"I saw an article that said that Ole Miss and Auburn were interested in me, but that was the only thing I saw about it because he hasn't said anything about it," Cobb noted.
"I like playing for Coach Bo," Cobb added. "He gets on to me, but I don't take it to my heart. That is like fuel to my fire and pushes me to go hard to the next play. I want to make him proud because whenever he is happy I am happy and hopefully we are winning."
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