La Vega product Parrish Cobb has been part of the Oklahoma football program only a little more than a month.
That doesn’t mean he won’t locate the fast track to the field.
At the recent Big 12 media days in Dallas, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said that he thinks Cobb has as much a chance to play this season as any of the Sooners’ incoming recruits.
“We don’t intend to redshirt anybody, and Parrish is one we are excited about,” Stoops said. “Obviously recruited him hard, loved him all along and we’re fortunate and glad he’s with us. I always feel bad for him and any recruits where it didn’t work out as it should have or they wanted it to. But in the end, we’re excited about him and we want to try and get him caught up.
“He’s only been here a week or eight days, and so it’s going to take some time. But we’re going to work towards getting him ready to play. That’s always our goal. Hopefully that can happen.”
Now, when Stoops says “we don’t intend to redshirt anybody,” that isn’t altogether accurate. Naturally, plenty of OU’s freshmen won’t see the field this year. But the coach’s overarching point was this — we’re going to take a strong look at anyone who can help us.
Cobb has the pedigree to do so. He was the 12th-ranked cornerback in the nation by Rivals.com and helped La Vega win the first state championship in program history last December.
Cobb originally committed to Oklahoma before reversing course and signing with Baylor. But he asked for his scholarship release following head coach Art Briles’ dismissal, in the wake of the school’s sexual assault scandal.
Cobb then signed with Oklahoma on July 1.