4 Star Linebacker Kolaj Cobbins Continues Strong Destrehan Ties To Baton Rouge By Committing to LSU

Destrehan has obviously had a lot of strong ties to LSU dating back to guys like Rondell Mealey, Jai Eugene Sr., Jordan Jefferson, Rickey Jefferson, Glen Logan, John Emery Jr., and of course, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year Justin Jefferson, but those ties continue for the defending Class 5A state champions as one of their star players committed to play for LSU over the weekend in 2024 four star linebacker Kolaj Cobbins.

“It’s amazing having people like them that enrolled at Destrehan go through LSU. It’s just the tradition that Destrehan has with LSU and I plan on continuing that and being the next player to do that.”

Cobbins announced his commitment on social media on Friday to play for the Tigers. Before that, Cobbins narrowed down his top options to six in LSU, Colorado, Michigan, Ole Miss, Oregon, and Texas, but for the 6’3, 200 pound linebacker, he already knew what the best fit for him was at the next level.

Yeah, I committed to them (LSU) early because I didn’t want to waste anytime. I knew where I wanted to go and LSU has everything I was looking for so now, I get to put on for my state.”

Destrehan High School 4 Star LB Kolaj Cobbins announced on social media with this graphic designed by Hayes Fawcett that he was committing to LSU.

What helped the star All-State linebacker choose LSU is how well he fits in defensive coordinator Matt House’s scheme. Seeing the success of pass rushers like BJ Ojulari and Harold Perkins have done just last season will help him fit in what Coach House wants to do. After talking to Cobbins, House feels that the best position for him on his defense will be the jack position that Ojulari filled in last season.

“I am most excited about with LSU’s defense is being a versatile player I will be all over the field in terms of pass rushing, pass dropping, reading, and being a quarterback spy. Coach House compares me to Harold a lot.”

Destrehan High School LB Kolaj Cobbins earned All-State honors while leading the Wildcats to an undefeated Class 5A State Championship. (Photo taken by Billy Metcalf)

Cobbins was wrecking havoc this past season at the high school level after leading the Wildcats to their fifth state championship and first since 2008 as the talented pass rusher had 60 tackles, 12 sacks, eight forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. When it comes to being a winner and being a part of championship teams, “Tut” as he is nicknamed is used to it.

“It feels really good bringing the championship back home. I was a champion all my life as I won multiple championships in Pee Wee league including one in middle school and now one in high school, but I’m still not satisfied. I plan on winning it again this year and when I go to college, LSU definitely will win a natty because of Coach Kelly, he puts the right pieces in place.”

Cobbins will certainly be a nice piece for the LSU defense because of his long, athletic frame and natural ability to get to the quarterback.

“The best part to my game is being physical and pass rushing. I enjoy tearing the quarterback up and hitting people.”

Right now, Kolaj Cobbins is rated as a Top 200 player according to 247 Sports and is a Top 5 player in Louisiana as well as a Top 20 linebacker in the nation. He is the highest ranked player that is currently committed to play for the Tigers as he is the ninth overall commitment for LSU and the third linebacker to hop onboard with the program.

“I suggest other players that’s not committed to LSU if you are willing to be elite on and off the field, come to LSU if you want to win a championship.”

Destrehan High School LB Kolaj Cobbins (56) goes for the tackle against East St. John. (Photo taken by Billy Metcalf)

As far as being a champion on and off the field, Destrehan’s Kolaj Cobbins is the right person to talk to and he doesn’t expect anything different when he arrives on campus.

“The fans should be excited to have me because I’m a Louisianimal that’s staying in Louisiana so I plan on helping LSU win a natty being a Graduate Champion.”