Central High offensive tackle Javion Cohen has become the first Red Devil to receive a new national honor. The senior who signed to continue his football career at the University of Alabama last Wednesday morning was named to the inaugural Sports Illustrated High School Football All-American team – one of 13 players selected for the offensive unit.
Cohen, 6 feet 5 inches tall, 295 pounds, has anchored the Red Devils’ offensive line that has helped the team to back-to-back appearances in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 7A championship game. The Red Devils won the 2018 title and were the runners up in 2019. In the past three seasons, Cohen and his Red Devil teammates were 37-3, won three region titles and two South bracket titles.
“I’m excited to be named an SI All-American,” Cohen said in an interview with the magazine. “I’ve been working for this opportunity my entire life. I’m blessed to know my hard work is paying off.”
Cohen is considered one of the country’s top dual threat linemen as a run blocker and as a pass blocker. Sports Illustrated described Cohen as follows:
“Initially known as simply an athletic lineman with length, Cohen has worked up to becoming a top offensive line talent in the conventional sense in the last year. Once considered somewhat small, playing in the 250-pound range, he’s now close to 300 pounds but is still playing with the athleticism that put him on the map. Cohen plays with athleticism whether in his kick slide or on the move, getting to the second level with relative ease for the position. What separates him from others in that box, though, is nastiness and edge that makes him play through the whistle.”
Central coach Jamey DuBose speaks glowingly of his senior lineman when asked about Cohen’s upside.
“Javion is very deserving of the honors he has earned. He certainly deserves this honor from Sports Illustrated. College coaches love his feet. You cannot teach his type of movement on the line,” DuBose said.
Cohen received over 30 scholarship offers during his recruitment. He originally committed to Will Muschamp at South Carolina, but decommitted and committed to Auburn and Gus Malzahn during the summer. Two weeks ago, Cohen decided to decommit from Auburn after receiving an offer from Alabama. His recruitment ended last Wednesday when he signed his letter of intent with the Crimson Tide.
Here are the other members of the Sports Illustrated team:
QB Bryce Young, Alabama; RB Demarckus Bowman, Clemson; RB Jahmyr Gibbs, Georgia Tech; WR Julian Fleming, Ohio State; WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State; WR Malachi Wideman, FSU; TE Arik Gilbert, LSU; OL Paris Johnson, Ohio State; OL Tate Ratledge, UGA; OL Javion Cohen, Alabama; OL Issiah Walker, Florida; OL Nate Anderson, Oklahoma; ATH Kristian Story, Alabama.