March 22, 2007

Texas safety C.J. Cox waiting on offers

C.J. Cox, a 5-foot-11, 192-pound safety from North Garland H.S. in Texas is waiting on his first scholarship offer, but a Big Ten school told him the full ride is on the way.

The talented safety and his North Garland teammates are spending this spring working on fundamentals that will help them build on last season's success. Gone are a couple of Division I signees, but back is enough talent to give Cox hope for his senior season.

"We lost about three main people but everybody else is basically coming back," Cox told "I think we're going to be pretty good. Everybody's working pretty hard."

Cox is working hard, too, at a new position. Having played running back and safety in the past, Cox is likely to see time at quarterback this season. He will remain at safety on defense, where he collected 81 tackles, 2 interceptions and three forced fumbles a year ago.

"I mainly like to come down and hit people," he said of his defensive style. "That's what I look to do. I drop back into coverage and if someone comes in my area I'll cover them the best I can. But if they run the ball towards me I'll try to knock them out."

Cox is hearing from several schools, and he mentioned Oklahoma, Louisville, and Iowa as the schools he hears from the most aside from Oklahoma State and Wisconsin, who may be close to offering him. "Wisconsin is going to offer me before May," Cox remarked. "I just talked to the coach last night. I'm just waiting on that right now. And I'm still waiting on the Oklahoma State one that I talked (to about a month ago."

Another option to the north of Texas is U of L, a team that has recruited him since last fall. "Coach Tony Alford," Cox replied when asked which Cardinal coach is recruiting him. "I think he's a pretty good guy; he's down to earth. I've been talking to him since September. I asked him about an offer and he said they were going to evaluate more of me thoughout the spring.

"I've been watching them," he added of the Cardinals. "They have a good defense I know. So I wouldn't mind being a part of that."

Any school that comes after Cox would have a fight on their hands should the Sooners offer. He admitted that he grew up loving Oklahoma, and he plans to make an unofficial visit there on April 7 for their spring game. Cox said he is also planning to visit Louisville, likely in June.

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