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Emerging in-state defensive lineman LeDarrius Cox works out at Alabama, meets with Nick Saban

Alabama hosted its offensive line/defensive line camp last weekend and one of the top underclassmen in attendance was LeDarrius Cox, the in-state defender who spent time with Nick Saban before heading back to Mobile.

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."

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South AlabamaUCFUABMemphisToledo and Troy have already pulled the trigger on the Mobile standout. He says his physical traits have helped him with the hot start to his recruitment. 

"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. 


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