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August 11, 2004

EA SPORTS Elite 11 Recap: Joe Cox

Charlotte (Calif.) Independence quarterback Joe Cox may have surprised some of his fellow campers during the EA SPORTS Elite 11 workout but not us. After seeing Cox at both the Nike camp at Georgia Tech and the Elite 11 workout the previous day, we knew how good he was although he was probably even better than advertised.

Cox put up huge numbers as a junior completing 237-373 passes for 3,983 yards and 43 touchdowns. Still, the talented signal caller was thought of more as a product of a great system rather than a big time college prospect as he was still waiting for his first scholarship offer to come in the middle of May. We have no doubt that Cox is a legitimate prospect and should be considered one of the top five or six quarterbacks in the country.

Here's our final, post-camp recap of the Georgia bound signal caller:

We loved Cox at the Nike camp in Georgia but he even surpassed our expectations of him this week. In fact, with the exception of Mark Sanchez, no one was more impressive than Cox. He won every accuracy contest during the week, showed better than average arm strength, is incredibly smart and is a natural born leader. In fact, the college counselors voted Cox as the Best Leader of the group.

Cox also finished runner up in Most Likely To Play First in College and it's not a stretch to say he could be the most ready to play in college of all of the quarterbacks. He drew raves from all of the college counselors because of his mature game and his keen understanding of the position.

It may sound like hyperbole but in our eyes, Cox was every bit as impressive at this camp as his former Independence teammate and Florida starter Chris Leak was two years ago. Georgia fans are in for a treat as Cox could become a special college player.


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