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This standout defensive line prospect has a very impressive offer sheet, which includes the University of Miami. With 4.47 speed, he had a strong performance in the first week of the season. Two days later, he watched his first college football game live when he watched the Hurricanes pound the Gators. He talked about his season, that game, and the recruiting process in this interview.

Highly ranked Palm Bay opened its season on the road against a very tough and talented Edgewater team last Thursday. Despite a 25-carry, 141-yard effort from running back Joe Cohen, the Pirates lost 17-10 in overtime.

"We made some mistakes and never really got things going," Cohen said. "I have to give them credit though, they're a real good team and I think they'll have a great season. We don't have any time to worry about that because Carol City comes here this week and they're pretty good."

Cohen, whose team probably plays the toughest schedule in the state over the first two weeks of the regular season, did not play any defense in the opener.

"I can and will play both ways but I had 25 carries on offense," he said. "I may not have been hitting people on defense, but I was hitting them while running the ball. I was hitting someone on every play. It was a tough game."

At 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Cohen is a full academic qualifier in addition to having 4.47 speed (per the NIKE Camp this past spring).

"Most schools are recruiting me to play defensive end," he said. "They like my size/speed combination I guess. I'm not really into recruiting right now, though. If I dont have a successful season this year at Palm Bay, I'll never get a chance to play college football."

Cohen had a chance to take in his first college football game this past Saturday.

"I went over to Gainesville," he said. "Miami beat up on the Gators pretty good. Miami's a real strong team, especially on the defensive line. But one game won't affect my decision of where I'll spend the next 4 years of my life. I'll take my visits then make a decision. I like Miami, Florida State, Florida, and some others."

Cohen said he saw some other top notch recruits at the game.

"I saw Ernie Sims," he said. "That's one big guy. We also saw [Antonio Cromartie]. Me and Reggie [Nelson] always talk to him when we see him because we run track together and we've had some great games with them over the last few years."

Cohen has not yet set any offical visits.

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