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Baylor football coach Jim Grobe faces the tough task of keeping the 2016 recruiting class from jumping ship. Several have already outgoingly asked for a release from their letters of intent.

Staff photo— Rod Aydelotte

New interim Baylor football coach Jim Grobe plans to meet with the program’s incoming freshman players before making the call to release them of their national letters of intent.

“We’re just going to follow NCAA protocol, but at some point they’re going to have to make up their mind whether they want to be at Baylor or not,” Grobe said.

Some clearly don’t. Seven players from Baylor’s 2016 signing class have reportedly asked to be released from their scholarship commitments, following the firing of Art Briles last week.

One of those blue-chip stars is La Vega product Parrish Cobb. The all-state defensive back had originally committed to Oklahoma before changing directions and signing with Baylor, thanks in part to a late full-court press put on by Briles and defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.

As Grobe held his introductory press conference at McLane Stadium Friday, Parrish’s father Collis Cobb waited outside the doors of the stadium. Later, when media left the building, Cobb approached and said, “Would you please ask Coach Grobe why he hasn’t released Parrish Cobb from his scholarship?”

Grobe, who was hired Monday, said he just wants an opportunity to sit down and talk with those players and their parents.

“Obviously we have some parents and some kids that are concerned,” Grobe said. “My goal is to meet with parents and student-athletes that are considering de-committing. And I don’t know how long that process is going to take, but I really want to meet with all the players and parents involved and try to convince them that Baylor is still a great place to be.”

Grobe said he didn’t want to make a “knee-jerk” reaction this week and immediately grant scholarship releases to the incoming freshmen, then regret that decision later. Most of Baylor’s top recruits, including Cobb, Silsbee offensive lineman Patrick Hudson and Port Arthur Memorial running back Kameron Martin, did not report for the first day of the summer session Monday.

One member of Baylor’s recruiting class who won’t have to wait on Baylor is Sachse receiver Devin Duvernay. Football staff members discovered this week that his NLI was never sent to the NCAA. Interim athletic director Todd Patulski intimated that Baylor had accidentally submitted two letters for Devin’s twin brother Donovan, also a Baylor signee.

“We had Donovan’s. And not Devin’s,” Patulski said. “Talk to our compliance office, I have not. I haven’t sat down and specifically said, ‘Hey, walk me through point one to points two, three and four.’ I’ll do that here in the next couple of days.

“It is what it is. We wish that Devin will decide to be a Baylor Bear, because we think he’d flourish here under the leadership in Coach Grobe, but ultimately he’s not bound by it. That’s the way that works.”

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