“It has definitely been a big weight off my shoulders,” Cox tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “I was glad to get it done early because now I can enjoy my senior year and enjoy my friends because I’m about to leave soon. I know where I’m going to college, which is an awesome feeling. I was glad to get it done early so I could enjoy my senior season.”
With Auburn looking for immediate help at the fullback/H-Back position in 2015, the commitment made a lot of sense for the nation’s top player at that spot. While his on the field fit is important, Cox said his choice of the Tigers had more to do with his bond with the coaches, school and people in Auburn.
“It’s just really how classy it is and the way they play,” Cox said. “They play with class. When I’m up there the people are so nice and it seems like one big family. That’s what I really like. When I see all that and see Auburn play I know I made the right decision because that’s who I am. I like to be classy and play with class, too. I just know I made the perfect decision because that is what I see in Auburn.”
Fully committed to Auburn, Cox is now playing the role of recruiter for the Tigers with good friend and teammate Martez Ivey also considering a future on the Plains. The top-rated offensive tackle in the country, Ivey is also looking at Florida and several other schools, but Cox said he’s definitely putting a bug in his ear about Auburn.
“It’s going really good,” Cox said. “I always tell him to join the family and to commit already. I’m always telling him to do that, but I think he wants to take his time. I’m not really sure when he’s going to make his decision. He’s got some other good choices and wherever he decides I always tell him I’ll support him no matter what. But, I want him to be at Auburn, of course. I’m excited to see where he will end up.”
Even if Ivey doesn’t choose Auburn, Cox is set on his future with the Tigers and his role in Gus Malzahn’s offense. Paying close attention to the team this fall and it’s 3-0 start, he said so far he has seen good things out of the team following a road win at Kansas State.
“The offense really stands out to me at this point,” Cox said. “Even the defense, too. It looks really good. When I watch the offense it just looks like it’s executing really well. They are being physical too and that’s what I like to see.”
Being physical is something Cox brings to the table for the Blue Darters of Apopka High School. Helping his team to a 3-1 start early in 2014, Cox said it has been different for him as a senior because of an extra role he has taken on to help out the team.
“Everything is going pretty good,” Cox said. “I’m playing both sides of the ball, playing strong safety, too. It’s a lot of fun. I’m having a good time doing that.
“It’s really tough to play both sides,” he added. “I get a few breaks during the game. Coach will take me out for a second to give me a breather, but then I go back in. It’s pretty tough because I have to get my body in good shape. It’s starting to get there as I get used to it. I’m really starting to like it now.”
Getting in shape is something Cox knows he will need as he prepares to enroll at Auburn in January and begin working with the up-tempo Tigers. That’s not only on the field, but that tempo carries over even into the offseason workouts. Cox pointed out it’s great for him to get a leg up on his conditioning this fall.
“I know it’s a good start for me before I get to Auburn,” he said. “I know how fast the offense is up there. I’m going to have to be in good shape. It just makes me excited for it.”