Joel Cox Discusses Army Commitment!

Center Grove High School defensive tackle prospect, Joel Cox, recently brought his recruitment to a close when he gave his pledge to Coach Ellerson and the Black Knights next fall. Inside, the 6-3, 265 pound athlete talks about some of the key factors that helped him to decide that West Point is the place for him…

2010 defensive tackle prospect, Joel Cox, recently made a verbal commitment to join Army next fall. The 6-3, 265 pound DT prospect from out of Center Grove HS chose the Black Knight over offers from Ball State, Holy Cross, Cornell, and Eastern Illinois. What was it that made him decide that West Point was where he wanted to continue his academics/athletics after his cap and gown ceremony?

"Looking at all of the schools that were interested in me, I just felt like no other school could beat out Army academic wise." Cox informed "Army is definitely a place where I'd receive a top notch education."

Outside of the education that Army has to offer, there were several other things regarding the Academy that were appealing to Cox; the facilities…"I took an official visit to Army back on the 8th," Cox said. "Their facilities are state of the art. I think they are just as good if not better than any Big Ten school that I've visited in my area like, Indiana and Purdue. I really can't speak for the other schools around the country, but I feel they are up there with some of the upper level programs in the country."

Cox made his decision shortly after his official visit to West Point. And although his verbal was something the Army coaching staff was somewhat expecting, they were yet still overjoyed whenever he informed them of the news. "I told Coach Ross the news; the coach that has been recruiting me," Cox said. "He told me that he was very excited and that he was proud of me. He also told me that he was kind of expecting it (laughing). But he was excited about it as much as I was."

Joel also informed that he had a chance to speak at length with the Army coaches regarding their plans for him of the defensive side of the ball. And he simply feels like he'd be able to make an impact for the Black Knights defensively… "After talking with the coaches about their defensive scheme, I feel like I'd fit in pretty well with them," Cox said. "A couple of things that I'd probably bring to their defense are size and strength."

Cox is extremely excited about his opportunity with Army. He is counting down the days until his arrival. He will be a direct admit. Top Stories