2018 - West Monroe FB vs. (Mobile, AL) McGill-Toolen Catholic

The 8th annual Landers Battle on the Boarder Classics were played at Independence Stadium, Shreveport, LA on 7Sept2018. TOM MORRIS Photo/TomMorrisPhotos.com . ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

As fast as Dontrell Cobbs recruitment heated up this summer with offers from Power 5 schools, the recruiting process ended just as swiftly for the West Monroe senior pass rusher.

Cobbs chose to stay close to home and pledge his verbal commitment to Louisiana Tech a couple of weeks back and announced his decision this past week on Twitter. Cobbs broke the news on social media after receiving offers from Arizona, Kansas, SMU and others.

“My mom really had a strong influence and she wanted me to stay closer to home,” said Cobbs who felt Louisiana Tech was place for him after attending junior day in April. “I like that they can offer me more than just football. I like the academics side of it.”

Although Cobbs wasn’t a starter in 2018, he was a vital piece for the West Monroe Rebels defense. Cobbs played what he estimated to be 40 snaps per contest a season ago, and he made an impact on the field more often than not.

In fact, Cobbs recorded one of the top defensive plays of the season when he snatched a one-handed interception on a screen play against Ruston. Leading 24-7, Cobbs saw the screen develop, leapt high in the air, snagged the intended screen pass and took it to the house to give the Rebels a 31-7 lead.

“We watch a lot of film on opponents and it was one of those moments where you feel what they’re about to do,” Cobbs said.

Cobbs marks one of eight listed commits for Louisiana Tech on 247 Sports commits list. He’s also one of six defenders who have committed to the Bulldogs under new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco.

And Diaco is getting a much bigger player than West Monroe fans saw a short year ago. Entering last season, Cobbs weight approximately 235 pounds, but as of June 12, Cobbs, at 6’4”, estimated he weighed 260 pounds.

Before Cobbs will get his chance at Louisiana Tech with Carroll safety Cedric Woods, who remains a strong commit like Cobbs, the West Monroe defensive end will look to provide stability to a defensive line that replaces all four starters in 2019. And Cobbs is determined to give West Monroe fans a similar product, as he hopes the defense will be as stingy as it was a season ago.

“We have unfinished business,” Cobbs said.

Award-winning sports writer for columns and features since joining the field in 2013. As the first-ever featured columnist of the month at Bleacher Report, Martin cut his teeth with online media before joining the newspaper business in 2014.

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