As last-second wins go, Baylor’s football coaches probably will remember this one for a while.
La Vega’s Parrish Cobb, the Tribune-Herald’s top-ranked recruit in Central Texas, announced Tuesday that he has switched his college commitment to Baylor. The four-star cornerback originally committed to Oklahoma last August, but changed his mind and opted to stay at home.
Cobb announced his switch on KCEN-TV.
Cobb (5-11, 178) could be a difference-maker for the Bears. He certainly dazzled for La Vega as a senior, guiding the Pirates to a 16-0 record and the program’s first state championship.
As a corner, he made 56 tackles with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, four interceptions and 16 broken-up passes, winning Super Centex Defensive Player of the Year honors. He also made seven touchdown catches and racked up 336 return yards.
“We always put him on their best receiver,” La Vega coach Willie Williams said. “We realized they weren’t going to go there. Some of them tried him a few times, and it came up short.”
Cobb is the 22nd player to commit to Baylor in a highly regarded 2016 class which is ranked 12th by Rivals.com.
Texas has made a late push for Silsbee offensive lineman Patrick Hudson, who has been committed to Baylor since the summer of 2014. However, Hudson hasn’t made an announcement that he’s switching to the Longhorns.
The Bears are hoping to land Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones, who will make his announcement Wednesday morning. Jones is also considering Texas and Texas A&M.
Baylor’s class features some of the top rated offensive talent in the state, including Hudson, Port Arthur Memorial running back Kam Martin, Navasota receiver Tren’Davian Dickson, Sachse receiver Devin Duvernay, Copperas Cove offensive lineman J.P. Urquidez and Grandview quarterback Zach Smith.
Some of Baylor’s top defensive recruits are Brandon Bowen from Trophy Club Byron Nelson, Spring defensive tackle Bravvion Roy, Lancaster safety Kenan Ivy and Kountze cornerback Grayland Arnold.
The Bears have already signed four players in the 2016 class for early enrollment this semester, including Smith, Dickson, Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College offensive lineman Branton Autry and Garden City (Kan.) Community College defensive tackle Jeremy Faulk.