Theltus Cobbins talks Kentucky visit

Coming up from the 'Crescent City' of New Orleans, Theltus Cobbins got a chance to see what campus life was like in the Bluegrass on his official visit weekend. The duel-threat quarterback from McDonogh 35 College Preparatory High School came to Lexington by himself, but soon saw some familiar faces.

"It was great," Theltus Cobbins said of the visit. "I loved it. My player-host was Jewell Ratliff, a former teammate of mine. We got to eat, talk to the players on the team, talk to the coaching staff, and went to the basketball game."

The hoops team was hosting LSU last Saturday. Kentucky was one of the few schools interested in Cobbins coming in as a quarterback. Tulane and Louisiana-Lafayette were the other two. In-state power LSU and other interested schools wanted Cobbins at cornerback.

"It was nice getting a chance to talk with Coach (Randy) Sanders," said Cobbins. "He was telling me how things are with the offense. We looked at some plays and talked about reading defenses. He thinks I'm going to be a good threat for them to have on the field."

Cobbins said his favorite part of the trip was hanging out with Ratliff and meeting his future teammates and other UK recruits.

"I liked tight end A.K. (Anthony Kendrick) and wide receiver Gene (McCaskill)," Cobbins said. "One of my goals for next year is to throw them both a touchdown pass. The other recruits were cool. I hung out with Josh Forrest and Eric Dixon."

Tee Martin, the wide receivers coach from Mobile who lead the Tennessee Volunteers to the 1998 National Championship, has been Cobbins recruiter and mentor.

"He was the only coach who spoke to me both as a coach and as a big brother," Cobbins said of his relationship with Martin. "He's someone who has been in the same situation as me. We talk pretty regularly. We'll get together and go out to eat. Since he did win a championship in college, he challenged me to come in and beat his record, win a championship."

Cobbins passed for more than 1,300 yards as a junior with 13 touchdowns passes with 266 rushing yards. He suffered a shoulder injury mid-season and missed the rest of the year for the Roneagles, but the ‘Cats have stayed with him as he rehabs.

"I'm going at it heavy," said Cobbins. "Working out everyday. I got a weight coach, running coach, agility coach. It's coming along very well."

Academically qualified with a 21 on the ACT and a 2.7 GPA, Cobbins took a look at UK's Business school.

"It was very nice," Cobbins said of UK's Gatton College of Business and Economics. "I've been thinking a lot about majoring in Business, but I'm not sure yet on my major. They told us all about the tutors and academic life for a student-athlete."

Even with a Morgan Newton and Ryan Mossakowski on the roster, Cobbins is going to UK to play quarterback, and he isn't lacking in confidence to play the position at the SEC level.

"I'd say my legs are my best strength at playing quarterback," said Cobbins, "but I don't really think of myself as "duel-threat" because I got a cannon. I want to see a lot of playing time as a freshman.

"The coaches are going to give me a chance to compete for the starting job. My goal is to have a touchdown run of 20 or more yards and throw some big passes to A.K., Gene, and Josh."

The plan now for Cobbins is to return to New Orleans and graduate with his class on May 21st and then return to Lexington in June to begin his college career.

"I can't even lie, I'm going to give this visit a nine (on a 1-10 scale)," said Cobbins. "It would have been a 10, but they had a big party and I was late coming up and missed it. It was great though. I got comfortable with all the coaches and had a nice breakfast at Coach Phillips house on Sunday morning."

Cobbins wore No. 7 for Coach Wayne Reese's Roneagles. Despite early-season injury Cobbins still had 576 passing yards at a 58-percent accuracy rate. He rushed for 124 yards with seven touchdowns. The Roneagles made it to the 2nd round of the 4A Louisiana state playoffs for the second straight year.

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