The Auburn Daily Show’s Dylan Larck had a shocking choice for who he thinks will lead the Auburn football running back room in rushing out of the gate: first-year 4-star Montgomery Catholic recruit Jeremiah Cobb.
Cobb joins a revamped RB room that lost Tank Bigsby to the NFL draft but gains Cobb and USF transfer Brian Battie. Junior Jarquez Hunter is expected to be the lead back in the room — depending on whether or not he is granted eligibility with his pending conduct case with the university — as well as sophomore Damari Alston. Auburn Wire’s JD McCarthy feels Cobb has a chance to make a push to be the true RB2 for the Tigers.
“He is the youngest of the bunch but Cobb looks like a future workhorse and it would not be shocking for him to make a serious push for the RB2 role,” McCarthy wrote. “He has the ability to be a threat in the passing game and that could be his route to early playing time in a crowded group.”
Jeremiah Cobb’s high school coach happy to see him with Auburn football
Montgomery Catholic head coach Kirk Johnson told AL.com’s Nick Alvarez how excited he was to see Cobb join Auburn football, but he also openly opined about his dismay with the number of his Knights who leave the state every year.
“(Cobb) built great relationships with Zac Etheridge, Cadillac (Williams) and (Trovon Reed),” Johnson prefaced before saying, “We go way back and to watch the way Aubun recruited an in-state kid made me really happy. The fact that we have multiple kids that leave the state every year for whatever reason, it always blows my mind. I’m happy to see a high-level recruit (like Cobb, the No. 1 back in Alabama) see him in-state. There’s some little kid running a football right now that’s going to be talking about Jeremiah Cobb like we talked about Cadillac. It makes it familiar. I’m from Alabama and I did this. And I want to see you do the same thing I did. Cadillac is a legend at Auburn and to hear him give his spiel to Cobb was amazing.”
With Cobb where his coach wants him to be, the potential is there for the local kid to help lead the hometown team to heights not yet seen this decade. Though it was Bryan Harsin who recruited him, it will be Hugh Freeze who will attempt to bring Cobb to his full potential on the Plains.