Virginia Tech Giving JUCO Defender Malachi Cockburn a Look

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Malachi Cockburn
JUCO Defensive End, Class of 2019
ASA College, Brooklyn, NY
6-3, 222

The trek ASA College (NY) 2019 linebacker Malachi Cockburn made on Nov. 3 was about as long as his daily routine.           

Born and raised in Staten Island, Cockburn has a haul for his commute. Still living in Staten Island, to get to ASA, in Brooklyn, Cockburn takes a bus to a ferry, where he catches the subway, then walks the rest of the way to school. The whole ordeal takes just over two hours, each way.

For Cockburn, it can be tiring, but it’s a daily grind that he hopes will pay off soon. Still waiting on an offer, Cockburn is hearing from a growing list of schools that gives him hope that breakthrough offer will be soon.       

“The mindset I have right now, I know it will pay off because it’s just how I’ve always been,” he said. “When certain things happen, I’ve been through challenges and that’s what makes me stronger. Sacrificing things, you have a better outcome than choosing paths.”

On Nov. 3, Cockburn made the trek to Virginia Tech for its game against Boston College. He got the go-ahead to attend from the Hokies staff Friday, left home just after 4am and arrived roughly 90 minutes before kickoff. When the game was over, he drove back to New York. His decision, though, was as swift as the reception he said he received from Virginia Tech. 

“I spoke to the coach and in one day, he gave me an immediate response,” Cockburn said. “They showed a high interest. All of them are just waiting for me to get my transcript next week. And then Coach (Bud) Foster will have an answer. The guy who recruited me to come is an offensive guy. They need the defensive guys to watch. They watched me, but I’m waiting to see what they do.”

Offensive quality control coach Beau Davidson was the first from the Hokies’ staff that Cockburn was in contact with. Since then, he’s also spoken with Foster and assistant coach Charley Wiles.