It has been over a decade since Tennessee decided to not offer local star Randall Cobb out of Alcoa High School and the Kentucky football program is very thankful. The three-star recruit went onto stardom in Lexington evolving from a dual-threat quarterback into one of the best receivers in the SEC. Cobb ranks top in the 10 in UK history in rushing touchdowns, receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, all-purpose yardage, and total touchdowns. He was taken in the second round during the 2011 NFL Draft and is going on a decade of playing in the NFL. He’ll be suiting up for the Dallas Cowboys this coming fall and is one of the most famous UK football players of all-time.
All of that happened because Phillip Fulmer decided he wasn’t good enough to wear the Big Orange and play on Rocky Top. Now in the athletic director role, he probably advised head coach Jeremy Pruitt to not risk it the second time around.
Tee Hodge, Cobb’s cousin, pledged to Tennessee today and the two players were similarly rated coming out of high school. Tennessee can’t risk having history repeat itself.
— Tee Hodge (@TdotH44) June 28, 2019
Hodge is a six-foot, 225-pound power back from Maryville, Tennessee which is in Neyland Stadium’s shadow. The class of 2020 member was offered by Kentucky and had listed offers from both Arkansas and Georgia Tech. Unfortunately, the family bond was not quite strong enough and he’ll be wearing orange in his college years.
Kentucky was unable steal another one from right under Tennessee’s nose, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. The Vols couldn’t let that happen again. Under Pruitt, UT is recruiting well but they have a long way to go to catch Alabama, Georgia, LSU, and Texas A&M. In their current spot, they are having to take their fair share of swings on three-star prospects. Their hope is that Tee Hodge will be a hit and turn into a bruising tailback that can be an effective red zone weapon.
Kentucky misses out, but man those Randall Cobb memories are still there and they remain glorious. Road wins over Auburn and Georgia. Wild Cobb and they guy who had that great sign. Eyes that melted the hearts of plenty of women across the Bluegrass. You were a great one, 18.