At 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, Melbourne (Fla.) Palm Bay standout defensive end Joe Cohen is one of the top defensive prospects in the entire country. However, he has only one thing on his mind right now.
"The only thing I care about right now is Land O Lakes," he said, referring to Friday's third round opponent. "They have a great quarterback and it will most likely be the most difficult game we've played all year. We've been on a roll but will need to play well."
Cohen said he's taking things one at a time because he's so excited about winning a state title.
"You have no idea how much I want to win it," he said. "This season's going like the one we had two years ago. We lost a couple early then went on to win it."
Cohen has shared time at both running back and defensive end this season.
He has 105 carries for 955 yards and 15 touchdowns on offense and doesn't know his defensive stats.
"We spread the ball around so much on offense, I'm not going to be able to touch the ball 30 times a game," he said. "I've played a little defense but we have so much talent on defense, they don't really need me."
Cohen wanted to make one thing clear.
"People try telling me I'm an All-American and stuff like that," he said. "I just laugh. I'm not an All-American around here. I'm just one guy on this team that wants to win a state title."
Cohen, who recently became a full academic qualifier, said he hasn't given the recruiting process much thought yet.
"I ain't even thinking about it," he said. "I'm stressing winning a state title for now. When that's over, I'll start looking at the recruiting stuff."
Cohen did mention four schools that are still high on his list.
"I'm still considering the three Florida schools and I also had a good visit to LSU," he said. "I'll take the rest of my visits after the season and pick a school at the end."
Cohen said he remains high on Miami.
"Miami's right up there," he said. "There's a lot to like about Miami. I went to a camp down there in the spring. They're definitely in it and I'll visit them."
The standout defender said one of the reasons he is high on Miami is because of coach Greg Mark.
"Coach Mark is real cool, I like him a lot," he said as the phone began ringing on the other end.
"This is my buddy Coach Mark right here."
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