Vols Eye Big-Play Prize

Although change is the byword since Lane Kiffin took over at Tennessee, one thing that won't change is the Vols' dogged pursuit of formidable football talent from the great state of Oklahoma.

Although change is the byword since Lane Kiffin took over at Tennessee, one thing that won't change is the Vols' dogged pursuit of formidable football talent from the great state of Oklahoma. Under Phillip Fulmer Tennessee enjoyed success in the Sooner State signing such indigenous talent as Jonathan Brown, Robert Meachem and Gerald Jones. This year the Vols landed running back David Oku from Oklahoma City and they are currently contending for the services of Demarco Cobbs, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound wide receiver from Tulsa.

It's still far too early to know where Cobbs will go to school, he's already following in the footsteps af Jones who played quarterback in high school, but projected as a running back/wideout in college. Since his arrival on campus in 2007 Jones has played wide receiver in addition to being the triggerman in UT's direct snap offense.

Cobbs also played quarterback as a junior at Tulsa Central, connecting on 55 of 116 attempts for 1,051 yards and 10 touchdowns, while rushing for another 1,152 yards and 20 touchdowns. During the 2008 season he also managed to catch six passes for 198 yards (33 yards per reception) and six touchdowns. He also found the energy to return two punts, two interceptions and a kickoff for TDs. Overall he averaged over 300 all-purpose yards and accounted 4.1 touchdowns per contest. The fact he accomplished all of this with a bulls eye on his back underscores the degree of difficulty.

His status as Scout.com's No. 3 ranked wide receiver (No. 31 ranked prospect overall) though impressive doesn't do his diversity justice, but his list of an estimated 30 offers speaks volumes about his potential. And with a list of favorites like LSU, Texas, Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma and Tennessee there is little doubt of his athletic ability.

Cobbs reports a bench press of 305 pounds, a 400-pound squat and a 32-inch vertical leap. He runs a 4.50 time in the 40, a 10.62 time in the 100M and 21.09 in the 200M. Furthermore, he's a good student and fully qualified, reporting a 24 on his ACT.

Taking time out from his busy schedule to answer some questions from Inside Tennessee, Cobbs admitted he's ask about recruiting a lot but he hasn't really focused on it, and he is no hurry to make a decision. He has been in competitive hurry.

"My recruiting is going pretty good," he said. "I really haven't paid recruiting that much attention. I've been focused on my school books and track. I'm running the 100, 200, the four-by-100 and the four-by-200. My fastest this year in the 100 is like a 10.68."

He did find time to take unofficial visits to Florida, Texas and LSU this spring and he plans to attend a "few football camps this summer." Tennessee could be one of his destinations, as his interest in the Vols is clearly piqued.

"There have been two receivers from Oklahoma that went to Tennessee, Gerald Jones and Robert Meachem," he said. "That shows me there's a good opportunity to play and do well there.

"I've talked to several of the coaches at Tennessee. I've talked to coach (Lane) Kiffin. I like him and all the coaches from Tennessee that I've met and talked to. I like the pro-style offense they run. I remember the offense Coach Kiffin used to run at USC and I'd like to play in a system like that."

Cobbs is being recruited by some schools as a running back, but most want him at wide receiver. Tennessee has talked about using him in a hybrid role.

"I like the way Tennessee has talked about using me as a receiver and some in the backfield catching short passes and getting a chance to run," he said. "They've got a great coaching staff there with coaches from the NFL. I believe they could teach me a lot. I see that as an advantage because they know what is it takes to make it on the next level."

Undoubtedly, Demarco Cobbs has what it takes to make it on the next level.

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