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While the Sooners signed a stout defensive class in 2016, it would have been tough to miss out on an athlete as instinctual and dynamic as Parrish Cobb. The long-time Oklahoma commit flipped to Baylor following a late visit to Waco in January. However, after the events that transpired at Baylor this offseason, Cobb was granted an unconditional release from his LOI and is now officially a Sooner. He will join the rest of the 2016 class for summer workouts and 7-on-7’s whenever he is able to enroll and begin 4-week classes in July.
Officially designated as a coverage cornerback, Cobb (5’11”, 178 lbs) in 2016 class but is versatile enough play both sides of the ball and make an immediate impact in the return game. Here is a brief breakdown:
In terms of versatility in coverage, he fits right in with what Cooks is building. Cobb is an aggressive, press coverage player that displays excellent footwork and vision for the ball. He’s got very elastic hips and the speed to cover deep routes without the help of a safety. Another attribute that stands out is his ability to shed blocks and take on the runner. A lot of defensive back’s will go for the big hit and end up hitting high, Cobb is very fundamental with his tackles and has an excellent pad level that does not allow runners to go through him. It’s too early to say if he’ll be in contention for the spot opposite of Jordan Thomas, but there is a lot to be excited about in the Sooner’s secondary.
As we have seen with Michiah Quick’s transition to cornerback, beginning at one position at Oklahoma does not mean that is where you will finish. Judging from his tape, Cobb plays mostly as a slot receiver or receiving back out of the back field with most of his passing routes being in the flat. Cobb is very springy with a lot of stop-and-go speed and impressive lateral quickness. What makes Cobb so dangerous, however, is his vision and patience to let the play develop. He’s able to dissect and wait for lanes to develop, and then exploit them for big gains. Cobb will need to develop his route running skills before becoming a key component of Riley’s offense, but the foundation and talent is there to be able to make that flip if it is needed (RE: Michiah Quick)
Oklahoma is in desperate need of someone who can takeover both the punt and kick returns now that Shepard is in the NFL and Alex Ross has transferred to Missouri. Cobb’s ability to make people miss and utilize angles would allow him to compete and potentially make an immediate impact at these spots. However, returning is a matter of trust to Bob Stoops, and Joe Mixon probably has the edge for now. It wouldn’t shocking if you hear Cobb’s name come up in regards to special teams play come Fall.