Actually, it should say fullback. That's because the MVP of the entire camp was the cream of the crop at this position. Palm Bay's Joe Cohen dominated drills like he was on a much different level, and his testing numbers were good enough to compare to some players who recently tested at the NFL Combine in March.
At 6-foot-2 1/2, Cohen weighed in at a solid 238. He's built extremely well, and will probably start the season right around 245. Cohen will play both ways again for the Pirates, as a fullback and as a defensive lineman.
Cohen, who played at least two games with a partial tear in his ACL last season, is arguably the state's best overall prospect. He's the best I've seen. His game translates exceptionally well as a defensive end and that's where I think he'll get recruited by most schools, or perhaps even as a defensive tackle.
Cohen has the entire package physically. Here's a kid that will be 6-3 and 255 when he starts college next August. He ripped off a 4.47/40-time on grass at the camp, and that's legit. This kid can flat out fly. He'll be a legit 4.45 kid when he's 6-3 and 255, and he also showed off incredible lateral quickness by running a 4.31 shuttle time, best of all linemen by a full step.
In addition, Cohen bench pressed 185 pounds 27 times, good for second best at the entire camp. His combination of size, speed, strength, and quickness make him an awesome prospect physically.
But it's on the football field where Cohen is even more impressive. During drills with other fullbacks and in 1 on 1 drills against linebackers, he was a manchild, clearly one step ahead of everyone else on the field at this age.
Stay tuned for a complete interview with Cohen within the next few days, and he is clearly one of the nation's elite prospects.
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