Prospect Says AU Coaches Like His Versatility

Marcus Cox (5-10, 185) from Dacula, Ga., is a star running back and receiver in high school. However, he spent his junior day at Auburn with defensive coaches, a move he wouldn't mind making.

Dacula, Ga. – Marcus Cox is a threat taking the handoff from the quarterback or making yards after the catch as offensive athlete in high school, but a pair of Auburn coaches see a different skill set for the Ducula High School star.

Cox didn't come away from Auburn's junior day with an offer, but he did spend a lot of time with defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and secondary coach Willie Martinez.

"I hope to get an offer from Auburn," Cox said. "They said they really liked what I could do on film. They're just waiting to see.

"They want me to play corner," he continued. "They said that they like what they've seen of my film. They know I'm versatile. They want to take me from offense and bring me over to the defensive side of the ball.

"They're really good guys," Cox added. "I like what they're about and what they have to bring to the table--Coach VanGorder coming from the NFL and then Coach Martinez's experience playing the position and also coaching so long."

Cox said he'd be willing to make the transition to the secondary for his senior year of high school if that's what it took.

"It's fine with me," he noted. "I just want to go somewhere that I can play as a true freshman. So, if that's what it takes to play, I'll do it."

Cox said that the best part of his visit to Auburn was just to see Auburn for the first time. He's been to a couple of other junior days so far this spring as well.

"I've visited Clemson and Georgia Tech," Cox explained. "I liked Clemson's campus. It was open, and in the middle of nowhere. It was nice. The people down there are nice too. At Georgia Tech it was nice, too, I guess.

"Everywhere I've been people have been good to me, but at Auburn it's real nice. I saw more than I did at the other schools. It was good. I really liked it. It was my first time, and I really liked it and what they had to offer. The facilities are nice and everything they had to offer is nice."

As far as schools recruiting him the hardest, Cox responded, "Probably Georgia Tech, but I've talked to Clemson, Western Kentucky, Notre Dame, Florida State, Missouri, and some different schools."

Cox, 5-10, 185, doesn't hold any offers yet, played baseball last year but has decided to give it up to focus his attention on football.


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