Sleeper DT loves the Tide

A sleeper defensive tackle prospect who has worked diligently over the summer to improve his speed and make himself a better prospect, Dan Cox out of Springville, Alabama is catching the eye of some college coaches.

A 6-2, 302-pound defensive tackle prospect, Cox is impressed with his home-state school.

"I've attended several games, practices, camps and A-Day games over the past few years at Alabama," Cox said. "And their history with their great players of the past is just incredible."

His work ethic, aggressiveness, and intensity have never been in question, but Cox's timed speed as a junior (5.40 in the 40-yard dash) left some coaches with doubts. That changed this summer, as Cox dropped his speed to (5.10). That improved clocking came at the Montgomery Combine and also at the Alabama camp on its indoor turf.

On his visits to the Alabama campus, Cox has met and talked extensively with the Tide coaches. "I've been highly impressed with their staff in terms of discipline, the importance they place on character and how they use their time during practice," he related.

Cox has played several positions in high school, but he considers himself a defensive player. He showcased those skills his junior year with 72 tackles, seven sacks, five tackles for loss, three caused fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Following that season he was selected second team All County and Honorable Mention All Metro. He achieved all his junior success on the field after recovering from a torn left meniscus his sophomore year.

A four-year starter, Cox played some center at a younger age and that just may be his calling in the college game.

The pride of Springville High School sports a 28-inch vertical jump along with a 405-pound bench press and 560-pound squat.

Cox has scored 19 on the ACT, but he has some core work to achieve as a senior. He plans on working on his core and retaking the ACT in order to gain eligibility.

He has major interest in Alabama and says that is his dream school. "I was born an Alabama fan," Cox said. "And I will whatever it takes to get there."

Cox is also considering Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Georgia, Troy State, UAB, Jacksonville State, and North Alabama.

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