The recruiting stock for class of 2019 defensive lineman LeDarrius Cox continues to rise. He collected his first half-dozen scholarship offers from FBS programs this spring and took the next step towards his first Power 5 extension last weekend while camping at Alabama.
"I just think the day was a good one to get better," he said. "I went to get better and improve on my craft, I guess I did well in doing that. I realized I was having a good day when they pulled me from one-on-ones and took me upstairs. I realized 'okay, I did pretty good.'
"I went to see Nick Saban, he said from last year's film to this year's film I improved a lot. He is looking forward to seeing me in the upcoming season and recruiting me."
The Crimson Tide staff has known about Cox, who helped Mobile (Ala.) McGill-Toolen get to the 7A state championship game last year, but now he is more than on radar.
"I grew up an Alabama fan, it never donned on me that I would meet Saban," he said. "But when I went upstairs I was like, 'yeah!' It's a great campus and a great program with great facilities.
"An offer would mean a lot to me, I would be truly blessed to receiver an offer from Alabama."
"My size and my athleticism for a big man," he said. "I was 6-4, 300 pounds at camp. I worked with coach (Karl) Dunbar. He's a real good coach, he taught us pass rushing moves and it really helped me in one-on-ones."
While in town, Cox ran into Alabama's defensive coordinator on multiple occasions, too.
"It was more Jeremy Pruitt and coach Saban," he said. "I talked to Pruitt when I got there and I talked to Pruitt before I left. He was glad I came up and said I did really well at the camp."
One of the top emergers in the state of Alabama, the rising junior plans on returning to Tuscaloosa for the next O-line/D-line camp on July 22. He has no favorites or a timetable for a decision at this time.