Paris (Ky.) quarterback Odell Cosby is off to a big start this season, passing for five touchdowns and running for four others in guiding the Greyhounds to a 2-0 start entering their rivalry game with Bourbon County this weekend.
Cosby, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound two-way athlete, also play cornerback for the Greyhounds. He runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds and recently established a new personal best with a bench of 300 pounds.
"I've been working out really hard," he said. "But coach (Randy Reese) isn't giving me credit for that one yet because he wasn't there. We've got a competition, so he's got to be there for me to get my name up on the board."
Cosby is recognized as one of the Commonwealth's top players despite being limited to only four games last season due to an injury. In that short amount of playing time, he still managed to put up close to 800 yards passing and eight touchdowns.
He attended Kentucky's 7-on-7 passing camp this summer and came away with favorable impressions of the UK program, as well as a scholarship offer. He currently lists the Wildcats as his college favorite.
"I had a good time there and the facilities were great," Cosby said. "I had another visit there earlier, and everything was real nice. Plus, it's close to home."
But it's the lure of the UK passing attack that has Cosby most interested, even though he may project at other positions in college.
"I love that style of play, run and gun," he said. "That suits me real well.
"But they said it would take me a while to beat out Shane Boyd, at least two years, so they want me to come in with the idea of trying some corner or safety. I'm open to that."
Cosby has also received heavy interest from Louisville and Eastern Kentucky of late. He has not visited either school, but plans to make a trip to Richmond to see the Colonels play next weekend.
On Saturday, he was one of many top high school players from around the state to watch the Kentucky-Louisville at Commonwealth Stadium.
"It was a real exciting game for a while," he said, "but I wish Kentucky could have won."