October 26, 2011

4-star safety slowing things down

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One of the top uncommitted prospects left on Ohio State's board is Jeannette (Pa.) prospect Demetrious Cox. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound safety is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 14 safety prospect in the nation. Cox has slowed things down on the recruiting front since narrowing his list to ten schools back in August as he remains focused on his senior season on the gridiron.

"We're 8-0 right now," he said. "We're pretty much just playing like a team. We've got two really good junior running backs. We have a lot of weapons and we're pretty explosive. We make a lot of big plays. We just like to be physical and explosive on defense."

Cox has started at both quarterback and safety for his team this season and has been making big plays at both spots.

"I have about 13 rushing touchdowns and about seven or eight passing touchdowns," he explained. "I also have a fumble recovery for a touchdown. I have an interception and between 40 and 50 tackles."

On the recruiting trail, Cox had entertained the idea of visiting Ohio State this weekend as the Buckeyes host Wisconsin but doesn't want his recruiting situation to become a distraction.

"I have a big game this weekend so I don't think I'm going to be able to make it up," he said. "The game is on Friday but it's a real big game and my coaches just want to keep me focused and stuff like that."

Cox doesn't have any plans setup for the moment when it comes to visits but did say he is still hoping to make it Columbus at some point. Cox has kept in contact with Ohio State head coach Luke Fickell during the season.

"I actually talked to coach (Luke) Fickell (recently)," he explained. "He just let me know how their program was doing and wanted to know about me and my season and getting up there for an official visit and stuff like that."

Before the season, Cox had narrowed his list down to 10 schools and maintains that same list which includes; Arizona State, Kansas, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Wisconsin.

"It's really just the same thing as before," he said of his recruiting status. "I'm just taking things slow and focused on getting some wins here. Other than that, nothing really has changed."

With just two weeks left in the high school regular season, Cox and his teammates are hoping to bring another state title to Jeannette.

"To get to the state championship we just need to not beat ourselves," he said. "Physically, we have the ability and we need to come out and know that we are the better team and play to the best of our abilities."


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