Recrutiing: Cobbs Narrows His List To 10

It was Wednesday of last week that Tulsa Central athlete Demarco Cobbs, the top football recruiting prospect in Oklahoma for the class of 2010, told us that he was narrowing his list of schools down to 10 from the multitude of offers that he has received. The 6-2, 200-pound Cobbs list of 10 was released Sunday morning in The Tulsa World and there was a surprise from our Wednesday conversation.

The list, which was in alphabetical order, had Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, OU, Tennessee, and USC. When we spoke with Cobbs we'd asked him if he anticipated any in-state schools being cut from his list of considerations.

"Yes, Tulsa," said Cobbs. "Oklahoma and Oklahoma State will be in there," he continued adding he had been to both schools campus for junior day events.

That apparently changed before Friday. We were unable to get in touch with Demarco, but his high school coach, Corey Russell, who compares Cobbs to former Texas atnadout quarterback Vince Young, said the process was difficult.

"I know he loves Coach (Gunter) Brewer," said Russell. "Demarco really likes all the coaches and I had to tell him that he couldn't make his decision based on coaches. He was talking about going to a school for a coach.

"I had to tell him he needed to think of the future and which school would be best for him and that coaches leave. I know that at Arizona, that is his buddy, Seth Littrell. I had to caution him that coaches."

Littrell is in his first recruiting season recruiting for Arizona after moving from the staff at Texas Tech to Arizona. Arizona made it in the list of 10.

"I know it isn't over," said Russell. "We will see those coaches in here more. They won't stop. They will keep coming in to see him."

Cobbs, who while playing quarterback last season at Central rushed for 1,307 yards and 23 touchdowns and passed for 1,108 yards and 4 touchdowns along with catching passes for 236 yards and another score, is also a standout on the track team.

Many schools consider Cobbs a wide receiver in college, but a few like him at either quarterback or running back. He has said he will not conclude his recruiting and the process until signing day on Feb. 3, 2010, when he will make his announcement.

"At some point in July, I'll narrow it down to five schools," Cobbs told Bill Haisten of The Tulsa World. "It's going to be really hard. Not every school can be the right school."

Just last week assistant coaches from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Florida, and Littrell from Arizona in the school. Cobbs also said he plans on going to camps this summer at Florida, OU, Alabama, and Southern Cal.

As Coach Russell said, you would not expect Oklahoma State to stop recruiting a standout in-state prospect as long as there is a chance. A good guess is that OSU would try to get Cobbs to make a stop in Stillwater over the summer and then hope that they could get him to campus on Sept. 5 for the opener with Georgia.

However, as for now, OSU is not on Cobbs' top 10. That is the bad news. The good news is they have a commitment from a receiver (Montra Nelson, 6-2, 215, 4.6, Arlington, Texas) and are involved on a lot of others, and that Cobbs said his recruiting will stretch out until Feb. 3.

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