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Tee Hodge, Randall Cobb’s cousin, commits to Tennessee

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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.

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.

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Article written by Adam Luckett

Twitter: @AdamLuckettKSR

7 Comments for Tee Hodge, Randall Cobb’s cousin, commits to Tennessee



  1. TOMCATS1990
    8:55 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

    BOO



  2. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    9:13 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

    Loyalty to la familia means nothing these days. Tennessee spurns his cousin and he commits there, says a lot about his side of the family.



    • nocode96
      10:52 pm June 28, 2019 Permalink

      I disagree. That’s like saying some kid growing up a UK fan shouldn’t come play ball here because a cousin 15 years ago wasn’t good enough to make it. UT is probably that kid’s dream school, and it was probably Cobb’s too in all honesty.



    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      12:55 am June 29, 2019 Permalink

      Thing was Cobb was good enough to make it and he isn’t any higher rated.



  3. mikecovey
    11:05 am June 29, 2019 Permalink

    That is not true, UT did offer and Fuller went hard after Cobb late. Football coverage needs to be tightened up on this site.
    Last week the piece incorrectly framing the lead up to the Enzo Jennings decision and now this.



  4. UKfanforlife
    1:23 pm June 29, 2019 Permalink

    Best of luck to the young man. Would have preferred he wear Kentucky blue, but can’t fault him for playing for his home state school. If he has anywhere close to the size of heart, that Cobb played with, he will do well.



  5. bbn606
    5:28 pm June 29, 2019 Permalink

    I believe he would have been afraid of the comparisons to Cobb if he had come. 700 yards rushing is not overly impressive for a high school junior but who knows, he may be a great one.