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Knoxville's Tyrone Cobb visits Louisville

Tyrone Cobb of Fulton High School in Knoxville made the four hour trip to Louisville on Saturday for the Cardinals annual Junior Day. caught up with the two-way standout on Sunday afternoon. <P>BONUS: <a href=""> Jacksonville Combine</a>

Tyrone Cobb is a name that fans of the Tennessee Volunteers are quite familiar with. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound linebacker/runningback lives within walking distance of UT campus and is the younger brother of former Vol standout and 7-year NFL veteran runningback Reggie Cobb.

Before you start thinking that he is a 'sure thing' for the hometown Volunteers, think of the pressure of playing in Neyland Stdium in your hometown of Knoxville, with every fan wearing orange having very high expectations of you from day one.

"My mom tells me she wants me to get out of here," Cobb told the Knoxville News Sentinal in late March. "I guess I've got to check out other schools and see what's best for me."

He started checking things out this past Saturday when he, along with a few friends, made the short trip to Louisville for the Cardinal's Junior Day.

"I was going to go up to South Carolina and meet with Coach Suppier, but I decided to go to Louisville instead," Cobb told on Sunday. "I'll probably go up to South Carolina next month."

Cobb arrived at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium football complex early Saturday morning and built a strong impression of the U of L program by the time he left later that afternoon.

"It was a great visit," explained Cobb. "They have great facilities and the weight room was real nice. I also liked the Hall of Fame room."

"I met with Coach Reggie Johnson and we talked about defense," Cobb continued. "He said that he wish he had me out there right now."

However, defense may or may not be the side of the ball that Cobb ends up on. While he totaled 175 tackles, including 10 for a loss, 4 sacks and forced four fumbles as a junior, he also averaged 9.5 yards a carry. He finished his junior season with 800-yards and 15 touchdowns on just 84 attempts.

"Most schools are recruiting for both positions," said Cobb, who was named Defensive Player of the Game of the state championship game the last two seasons. "I prefer to play defense in college though."

In addition to Louisville and Tennessee, Cobb is being heavily recruited by Alabama, North Carolina, Penn State and South Carolina.

"I'm going to take all five of my visits so I can see what is out there for me," Cobb said.


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