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PROVO — Not every Utah high school football standout can stay home and go to BYU, Utah or Utah State, in addition to the soon-to-be three FCS programs in the state.
Sometimes, looking for the best fit requires going outside your comfort zone — or at least outside the zip code.
That was the case with Provo High defensive menace Mason Cobb, who signed a national letter of intent to play football at Oklahoma State.
Cobb, a three-star linebacker by 247 Sports, had 306 tackles five fumbles, 3.5 sacks and seven interceptions in two seasons at Provo High. He also moonlighted at fullback and on the offensive line for the Bulldogs, who won their first region title since 2005 under retiring coach Tony McGeary.
The No. 14-rated player in the state of Utah told Rivals that Mike Gundy’s program “just felt like home” when he visited there recently.
“It was super nice,” Cobb said. “When I got there, I was surprised; and the facilities are amazing, and the coaching staff is super friendly, and their strength staff is unreal also.
“The things they do to help the players get stronger and get the rest they need is very important to me. I loved it. I loved the hometown feel and it was a college town. It was awesome.”
Cobb chose the Cowboys over recruiting interest from Louisville, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, UNLV and Utah State, among others.
The 6-foot-1, 225-pound inside linebacker won’t be going to Stillwater alone, though. Former Utah State commit Nick Session formalized his previous commitment to the Cowboys by signing Wednesday morning, as well.
The 6-foot, 190-pound defensive back from East High totaled 81 tackles and three interceptions in two seasons with the Leopards, including a 10-4 record in 2019 that included a share of the Region 3 title.
Another local product went from Utah County to Westwood to continue his football career. Skyridge defensive end Ioholani Raass was the No. 10-rated overall recruit in Utah by 247 Sports and confirmed his commitment to UCLA with a signature over offers from BYU, Colorado, Utah State and Washington State, among others.
The Polynesian Bowl honoree with a 4.91 40-yard dash is projected as an immediate impact recruit for the Bruins after posting 45 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and two fumbles for the Falcons (7-3) as a senior in 2019.
Consensus five-star recruit and the No. 1-rated in-state product by 247 Sports, Noah Sewell of Orem High fulfilled his previous commitment by signing with Oregon — where he’ll join older brother and Outland Trophy winner Penei Sewell for at least one season in green.
Utah high school football commitments
|Noah Sewell||LB||Orem HS||6-2||266||Oregon|
|Mason Cobb||LB||Provo HS||6-1||220||Oklahoma St.|
|Nick Session||S||East HS||6-0||184||Oklahoma St.|
|Ioholani Raass||DE||Skyridge HS||6-2||220||UCLA|
|Rodrick Tialavea||OT||Highland HS||6-5||315||Washington St.|
|Autjoe Soe||ATH||Murray HS||6-1||154||Montana|