Auburn Still In The Lead For Cox

Four-star fullback Chandler Cox talks about the recruiting process, why Auburn is in the lead, his timetable for a decision, and more.

Apopka, Fla.--One of the top fullback prospects in the nation, four-star Chandler Cox is getting closer to making his decision and this weekend could go a long way towards making that happen. Playing his spring football game Friday night, Cox said he's hoping to be able to get to Auburn this weekend to take part in Big Cat Weekend on the Plains and see the team on top of his list.

"I would really like to but I'm just not sure if I will be able to make it," Cox said. "Having the game on Friday is tough and then Big Cat starting Saturday morning, it's kind of tough to make it up there but I definitely hope that I can be up there."

With offers from schools all over the country, Cox said at the moment Coach Gus Malzahn and the Tigers are still the team to beat because of his relationship with the coaching staff and his comfort level with the school.

"Right now I think my top right now is Auburn," Cox said. "And then there's Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma.

"It's just the coaches really, the people up there and the area," he added about Auburn. "Every time I go up there I was more in love with it and so I just love the coaches too and how they care a lot and stuff."

Teammates with the nation's top offensive tackle Martez Ivey, Cox has had plenty of opportunities to show his stuff in front of college coaches this spring. While that's something that is hard to ignore, he said for the most part he just tries to focus on his job on the field and let everything else take care of itself.

"I don't focus on that too much," Cox said of all the recruiting attention. "I'm just more focused on the team and what's most important right now. I focus on the after practice, when I talk to the coaches and say "hi" after practice and stuff but with the guys and stuff I just focus on the team part."

Cox and the Apopka Blue Darters will finish up their spring practice this Friday night with a game against Winter Haven. Working in the heat this time of year in central Florida is always tough but for Cox it's nothing out of the ordinary. With just a few days left before they put the pads away until August, he said he's just excited to see how much progress they have made.

"It's going really good," Cox said. "It's definitely been a grind but the team is looking good and coming together so it's definitely been a good spring so far."

Planning to make his decision sometime in the near future so he can concentrate on his senior season, Cox said when the time comes he wants to make sure of his choice and then it's full speed ahead towards the goal of winning a state championship.

"It's definitely important to me," Cox said of his decision. "When I do it will be a dream come true. It will be a big relief off my shoulders knowing where I'll be going to college so I can focus on my summer and focus on the season knowing where I'll be going to college. That will be a big thing for me."

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