March 16, 2011

Bryan Cox Jr. looking hard at Spartans

One of the top defensive end prospects in Ohio for the class of 2012 is Bryan Cox Jr. of Avon High School. Cox's is the son of former NFL All-Pro linebacker Bryan Cox. SpartanMag.com spoke with the talented prospect last night and got the details on his recruitment.

It is a great year for defensive end talent in the state of Ohio and Cox is one of the reasons why. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect already has multiple BCS scholarships offers on the table and several other schools are taking a close look at him. SaprtanMag.com asked Cox about the teams he is hearing from and his scholarships.

"Right now I have scholarship offers from Indiana, North Carolina, Louisville and Ohio University," he said. "I am hearing a lot from Michigan State, Michigan, Penn State and a few others."

Last summer Cox camped at Michigan State University and Spartanmag.com was able to see him in action. We asked Cox about his experience at Michigan State and his thoughts on the Spartan football program.

"Yes I was at Michigan State's Camp last summer. I did real well there. I also went up there this past fall to watch a game. I really like Michigan State. Coach Narduzzi is my recruiter from there. Last time I spoke with him he indicated that they could be offering me very soon. I would really like to get an offer from them."

With a former NFL All-Pro and current NFL coach for a father, Cox doesn't have to look far for sound advice when it comes to handling the recruitng process and making a college decision. We asked Cox's what type of input he has gotten from his dad.

"He has been supportive," Cox said. "He has told me that the decision is mine. He has told me that I need to make sure I go to a place I will enjoy being for the next few years. He has said if I need any help with anything all I need to do is ask."

Some have assumed that Cox will follow in his father's footsteps and end up playing linebacker at the next level. However, with a solid 230-pound frame that could easily carry more weight, it is likely that Cox will end up with a hand down at the next level. Cox will likl;ey be in teh 250-pound range after a year in college. Cox talked about his potential position and what coaches are telling him.

"Most schools see me as a defensive end prospect," he stated. "Wherever, I can help the team is fine with me. The coaches I have talked with have said they like my athletic ability and my intensity."

That intensity is certainly a trait that was passed down from his father. Cox Sr. was known as one of the most passionate players in the NFL during his 12 year career.

Cox informed SpartanMag.com that as of right now he is not in a hurry to make a decision. He also indicated that he has a good idea of what he will be looking for in college.

"I want to wait and see what other teams decide to offer me," he said "I will probably wait until after my senior year to make my choice. I want to take some official visits. You never know how things are going to play-out. A lot will depend on what I decide to major in and the relationship I have with the coaches. I also want to play for a program that is competing for championship."

Spring is always a time when lots of recruiting combines are occurring and Cox hopes to attend a few of those events if he can work it into his track schedule. Cox is doing the rare combination of running in the 4x100 relay and throwing the discus for Avon High School.

Cox also informed SpartanMag.com that he once again plans on visiting several schools this summer. He wants to develop more rapport with the coaches at each school he is considering as well as look closely at the academic and athletic facilities.

It is very possible that the next time Cox is in East Lansing he will leave with a scholarship offer. When feasible, Mark Dantonio prefers to offer players in person. The fact that Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi is Cox's primary recruiter certainly cannot hurt his chances of landing a scholarship from the Green and White.


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