Cobbs 'grateful' for Purdue offer

Receiver Simmie Cobbs nearly accepted Purdue's offer on the spot. Instead, he opted to wait out the recruiting process a bit longer. What does this mean for the Boilermakers? Go inside this Boiler Sports Report recruiting update.

As a high school junior, Simmie Cobbs was ruled ineligible due to a transfer. The talented receiver knew he was missing out on the chance to be recruited.

Finally, the senior was able to take the field again with Oak Park-River Forest (Ill.) High School, and it was his chance to break out. The first school to take notice was Purdue, offering a scholarship on Tuesday. After waiting for this moment, it was difficult not to accept on the spot.

"I was waiting and trying to prove myself, and now I have," Cobbs explained on Wednesday. "It was hard to say no.

"I like the coaches and don't want to give them the wrong message, like I'm not taking their offer into consideration. It's hard to say I want to wait."

Cobbs held off his commitment, instead planning to wait until the end of his senior season. After the offer came in on Tuesday, Cobbs met with his family, which advised him to take the process with patience.

"I'm still highly interested in Purdue but they want me to wait to see what happens," said Cobbs.

Purdue remains far and above Cobbs' top school, but others are showing interest, too. Indiana called him on Wednesday evening and Vanderbilt is interested as well.

Cobbs is waiting to see what interest turns into offers—something a solid senior season will do.

"Purdue is still my top choice, even if I get other [offers]," Cobbs said.

Cobbs has visited West Lafayette several times, most recently on a visit for the Boilermakers' game with Indiana State. Most of his questions about Purdue answered at this point and he has a good feel for the program.

For now, Cobbs will go through the recruiting process and see where it takes him. No matter what happens, Purdue has secured its place as a favorite.

"I like Purdue and it's a top pick for me," he said. "I'm beyond grateful to get that as my first offer. It all goes into consideration."

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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