Elite DE Talks Recruiting

Although he doesn't enjoy talking or even thinking about the recruiting process much, this super talented defensive end prospect opened up and discussed a lot of things, including his experience at the Florida/Miami game, his plans for this Saturday, what he likes about Miami, and the possibility of playing college ball together with a teammate.

At 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay standout running back/defensive end Joe Cohen hasn't talked much about the recruiting process up to this point. Now that things are starting to heat up, that's starting to change. However, Cohen said he still has it on the backburner.

"The season and winning a state championship comes first and first only," Cohen said. "We're 3-2 and starting to get back on track. We're still not where we need to be but we had a lot of guys breaking in at new positions early on. We lost our first two games to 6A schools on the final play and a lot of us were at new positions. Like me, I had never played tailback before. But we're getting to where we need to be."

In five games, Cohen has rushed for 410 yards and six touchdowns. After not playing defense through the first couple games of the season, he's been playing more and more. He talked about how he's being recruited by so many schools as a defensive end when he never even plays the position.

"I'm really only playing on 3rd and long situations," he said. "And when I do go in, I'm at nose guard. I dont know how easy it would be to play tailback on offense and get 20 carries a game and then play nose guard on defense and get double teamed every play. That's why I don't do it much.

"Actually, most schools were recruiting me as a defensive end in the beginning but now a lot of them are saying athlete. Whatever that means. I guess people just like the way I play."

Yeah, Joe, that probably hasn't something to do with it. So might your 4.47 speed and 35-inch vertical jump on your 6-3, 240 frame.

Cohen also delivered some more good news on his academic situation.

"I got my test scores back and it was 850," he said. "That makes me qualified but I'm not real happy with them. I need to get them up."

The talented running back/defensive end then talked about the recruiting process.

"I miss most of my calls because I'm either at school, at practice, at work, or sleeping," he said. "But that hasn't stopped everyone from calling, that's for sure. Miami, Florida State, Florida, LSU, they all still call."

Cohen said he had a chance to watch his first college game live a month ago in Gainesville.

"I went with Reggie [Nelson] and we both saw a game for the first time," he said. "It was nice, I liked it. Big crowd, good game, good teams, the whole thing. I'm trying to get Saturday off [work at Red Lobster] so me and Reggie can go down to Miami to watch the Florida State game."

Cohen was asked about his thoughts on the Hurricanes at this point.

"I tell everyone I'm still open to anyone," he said. "Whoever wants me. Miami would be nice. I like them, especially on defense. They're highly rated on defense. They might be one of my visits but I haven't even set any of those up yet."

Cohen, who claims to have scholarship offers from all three Florida schools, was also asked about the possibility of playing college ball together with Nelson.

"As long as it comes through, it'll happen," he said. "He's got his and I've got mine but we noticed they're pretty much the same. Things just need to fall in the right place but it's a 99.9999 percent chance we'll go together. Everyone that has offered me has also offered Reggie so it should work out but you never know what might happen."

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