Recruitment Kicking off for Cobbs

Montini always seems to reload and have the talent to make another state title run. This year, receiver Simmie Cobbs figures to be an important piece in the puzzle.

Montini rising senior receiver Simmie Cobbs had to sit last year out after transferring from Oak Park-River Forest, but that didn't stop him from preparing for this coming season and a chance to achieve an incredible five-peat for the Broncos.

Still, despite the team winning a fourth-straight state title, Cobbs was frustrated that he couldn't be on the field helping them earn it on Fridays.

"I was a little frustrated," he admitted. "Montini is a program of guys who really want it. I wanted to battle but I didn't get the chance, so next year I'll have that chip on my shoulder."

But even though he hasn't suited up for Montini yet in a game, recruitment is starting to warm up for Cobbs. He's taken a couple visits already, including one to Illinois this past weekend.

"It was fun there. I like it a lot," he said. "I got a chance to talk to Coach Ward and Coach Beckman, and I've been in touch with Coach Colby, too. So far, Illinois has been pretty awesome."

Cobbs is a mismatch at the receiver position. At 6'4" tall, 205 pounds, Cobbs has clocked a 4.5 second 40-yard dash, so he's bound to be a favorite target for the Montini quarterback in the fall.

He isn't the only player at Montini with division one potential. Linebacker Nile Sykes has several offers, and defensive lineman Dylan Thompson has picked up a slew of offers as of late.

Cobbs is excited for what they could potentially do this coming season knowing the talent that the team has.

"It's awesome to see my teammates progress the way they have," he said. "It makes me want to get better and try to get to the level they're at since I'm not quite there yet."

Cobbs doesn't really like to consider himself underrated, because he wants to stay motivated and doesn't care about rankings or the like, but he does think he's a little under the radar.

"I don't pay much attention to that stuff," he said. "I just work hard and stay focused on school and the rest takes care of itself."

Now that Cobbs has started taking visits, he is getting a feel for the different schools recruiting him. Trust is a big theme for him.

"I want to be around players I can trust and coaches I can trust," he said. "I want it to be like a family and have a great environment."

Cobbs will definitely be one to track as he makes his debut this fall and looks to make an impact right away.

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