Current Miami RedHawk acting Head Coach Jermaine Henderson has also been targeting Cosby since he was a frosh. As a result, the 6'3", 175 pound combo guard has taken three unofficial visits to Miami over the past two years and plans on taking another one this winter to take in a game, watch a practice, and meet the team.
Cosby's most recent visit was last Sunday (August 24, 2008). Unlike his previous two visits, Cosby got more of chance to see the campus and facilities and came away impressed. Cosby said, "I enjoyed my visit. I really like what Miami has to offer."
Cosby said he and his family have bonded with Coach Henderson. Cosby explained, "I like the coaching staff. I have a good relationship with Jermaine Henderson."
A relationship with his future head coach is very important to Cosby. It was his relationship with Coach Ford that originally caused Cosby to commit to UMass at a very early stage in his recruitment. Cosby said, "I am looking for the right situation where there is a good relationship with the coaches and I am comfortable with the coaching staff."
Another factor that will influence Cosby's decision will be a school's needs at his position. Cosby wants to make an immediate impact.
One final criterion Cosby will consider is academics. Like most players being recruited to play for Miami, Cosby is a good student (3.0+ GPA). Cosby said, "I want a good education."
When Cosby gets to college, he would like to major in business. "My dad and grandfather all majored in business and are successful. I can be successful too," said Cosby.
Of the ten schools interested in him at this point, only two schools would be considered his "leaders." Cosby said, "Minnesota and Miami(OH) are the two at the top of my list." Why Miami and Minnesota? He explained, "Miami was the first school to start recruiting me. And I have a good relationship with (Minnesota) Head Coach (Tubby) Smith. He has been down to my school a few times. I think it would be a good situation."
In addition to taking another visit to Miami in the future, Cosby plans on visiting Minnesota in November. Cosby added he may take future visits to Purdue, Vanderbilt, and Dayton.
Cosby has also taken visits to Louisville and Dayton. On the Louisville visit, he got a chance to play with the team. He also liked U of L's facilities. As for Dayton, he liked the facilities and felt comfortable with the coaching situation.
Do not expect any quick decisions from Cosby this second time around. "I will not decide until my senior year, but will sign in the early (November) signing period," said Cosby, "I committed to UMass early and this time I want to wait."
This summer, Cosby played AAU ball with the Kentucky Hoops Stars which is run by Travis Ford's father Eddie Ford. Cosby said his summer play went well and he played in a lot of big games in front of college coaches. Next season Cosby will play with the Nashville Celtics.
Now the summer is over, Cosby (formerly of Louisville Manual High School) is focusing on his new high school team Jeffersontown (KY). Jeffersontown will likely be ranked at the #2 team in Kentucky (a one class state) behind Scott County (Richie Phares, Ge'lawn Guyn, Dakotah Euton, Chad Jackson). Cosby said, "My focus is on having a huge junior season and leading my team to a state championship." Cosby believes that his new coach will push him and his teammates to be better basketball players. "The team will be ready this year."
Cosby likens his style of play to Monta Ellis of the Golden State Warriors. Cosby says the strengths of his game are scoring off the dribble and shooting. Cosby is working to improve his midrange game, creating for other teammates, and defense. Cosby said, "I want to be a defensive player."
On a personal level, Cosby is a family man who "loves" spending time with his younger brothers (Cameron - 5 years old, Xavier - 1) and sisters (Amber - 12, Trinity - 4). In particular, Cosby likes teaching the game of basketball to Cameron. Cosby said that despite being just 5, Cameron can already shoot on a ten foot goal.
Stay tuned to RedHawk Insider as we continue to follow Cosby's recruitment.