Now he thinks current Alcoa senior Tyler Robinson, a 6-3, 225-pound tight end, could eventually make the same type impact for the Wildcats.
"I got to play with him my last two years. He is a great player and has a great attitude. He comes from that winning tradition at Alcoa and he's got some of the best hands I have ever seen in my life. He reminds me a lot of Dallas Clark (of the Indianapolis Colts) just because of what he does. He doesn't wear gloves like Clark, but he just has pure athletic hands. The one thing he needs to work on is his speed," Cobb said.
"He started as a sophomore. He was really good. He is a great, athletic talent. He can play a lot of positions. He can play some defensive line, some offensive line, tight end. He has the mentality a lot like what I have. He just wants to come here and play."
Cobb followed another Alcoa grad, Kyrus Lanxter, to Kentucky. He wanted to make sure that Robinson, who verbally committed to UK, joined them.
"I talked to him about once a week and I told him I was just going to be with him whatever decision he made, but I told him I would love to have him up here and this would be a good place for him because of the coaching staff and offense we run. I thought it would be good for him," Cobb said.
"I think I did have a small role in him coming here, but I think this is where he wanted to be. He is a big Tennessee fan coming from that area, but I think this is where he wanted to be and he saw the success me and Kyrus had."
Cobb would like to see an Alcoa pipeline to UK much like the one Wesley Woodyard helped form from LaGrange, Ga.
"That is my goal. That is what I told him (Robinson) and I want that. We have a lot of talent out of Alcoa. We just have to get them out of that area because it is such a bad area," Cobb said. "I guarantee you that you would see a lot of blue in that school now. I am proud of that and for having that effect on my school and community. I am going to take a lot of pride in trying to keep that pipeline going, too."
Cobb wants Alcoa pipeline
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