D.J. Cobbs is ready for the gridiron, now.
by Jim McGrath, recruitNoVA
Joining the ranks of campers at last week’s Clash of the Titans was another familiar face, Stone Bridge wide receiver D.J. Cobbs (c/o 2021, 6-0 170). Cobbs joined Bulldog teammates such as defensive back Jacob Thomas and offensive lineman Carter Sweazie to give the Ashburn team a strong presence at the River City Sports Complex in Midlothian.
Like many in attendance, Cobbs aimed to use the opportunity as another way to stay in shape while awaiting a proposed spring football season. But while many have lamented the absence of fall football and Friday Night Lights, Cobbs is retaining a more optimistic approach.
“I’m happy to see that everybody is getting back into shape,” said the lanky ball catcher. “Having this long off-season is not a bad thing since it gives us five more months to prepare and get in our best shape.”
Yet even the eternal optimist in Cobbs couldn’t help but remember that the Clash camp was being held two days after the originally scheduled season opener for Stone Bridge. “It was a little weird not playing last Friday. I remember us opening at Centreville last year (a 28-14 win), and was looking forward to this year’s opener.”
Although there is extra time for practice this fall, the methods have been unusual. “It has been a little slow,” said the 2019 Class 5A first team All-Region selection. “A lot of Zoom meetings and stuff, some 7-on-7 work.” To date, the recruiting movement has also been somewhat slower than expected, although Cobbs mentioned Ferrum, JMU, and Old Dominion as three teams that have expressed initial interest.
Playing alongside Maryland commit Tai Felton at receiver should give this year’s Bulldogs a chance to air out the football, especially with the return of Tulane commit Billy Wiles at quarterback. Cobbs added that this year’s offensive unit could be the most explosive he has seen during his years with Stone Bridge. He gave a glimpse of things to come during one-on-one drills, especially on one play where he outleaped a defensive back to tip the ball into the air, over the corner’s helmet and into his hands, all while barely missing a step.
– Jim McGrath