July 3, 2007
(Sports Overtime) -- It's not quite a 'pipeline,' but the Alcoa-Kentucky connection will take place for a second straight year.
Tornadoes quarterback Randall Cobb has committed to play for the University of Kentucky. He'll join former Alcoa teammate Kyrus Lanxter on the Big Blue roster. Lanxter will suit up for Kentucky this fall.
Cobb told Sports Overtime's Daryl Hobby that he committed to Kentucky June 30th. The Wildcats offered the 5'11" rising senior June 15th, after Cobb attended a Wildcat camp.
"Saturday morning around 4 a.m.," Cobb said. "I just, I was laying up and I couldn't go to sleep, that's all I could think about. I was ready. I felt like I was ready to commit then, so I called the next morning and told them."
Randy Sanders, a former Tennessee offensive coordinator and now Kentucky's quarterback coach, played a big role in the recruitment of Cobb.
"He told me the truth, not just something I wanted to hear. He told me I might not start my freshman year, and I might get red-shirted. It just depends on how everything turns out. He told me the truth and I respected him alot for that."
With the big task of trying to figure out where he'll play next season, Cobb says he can now concentrate on this season and try to help lead Alcoa to its 4th straight Class AA state championship.
"That's my main goal right now. Since committing, I'm trying to block everything else out, block out other coaches that keep contacting me. I'm just trying to block that out. I want to concentrate on my senior season and get Alcoa back to where it belongs."
Last year was the first year Cobb started as Alcoa's quarterback. He completed 69 percent of his passes, for nearly 1,900 yards and 25 touchdowns, compared to just four interceptions.