Even though he has made many trips to Auburn in the last year, when the Tigers take the field against South Carolina in Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night it will be his first-ever game in his future home and he can’t wait.
“I’m real excited,” the 6-2, 220 Cox told Inside The Auburn Tigers. “I’m just excited to see the atmosphere on a Saturday night in Jordan-Hare Stadium. I’m just looking forward to seeing all the people and the players, and hanging out with the coaches. I have been excited about this for a while. I’m just ready to get up there.”
Already with a great feel for the campus and atmosphere surrounding the program, Cox will see another side of things on Saturday with the Tiger Walk before the game as well as the eagle flight. He said for him it’s just going to be about taking it all in and enjoying his trip as much as possible.
“I think I’m prepared,” Cox said. “I know it’s going to be crazy and I’m going to love it. It’s going to be an exciting atmosphere and one of the best scenes in college football personally, and I haven’t even seen it yet. I know I’m going to love it when I get there and enjoy it on a Saturday night.”
One of the things that has kept Cox strong in his commitment to the Tigers despite getting attention from several other big-time programs is his bond with the coaching staff. Recruited by his future position coach, Scott Fountain, Cox pointed out that the two speak on a regular basis and that is important to him because he is getting to know a guy very well who he will spend a lot of time with the next few years.
“It has been real important for me to keep that relationship going,” Cox said. “I talk to Coach Fountain and give him a call whenever. Usually every week I’ll give him a call and talk to him. I think our relationship has been building since I committed there in May. That’s really important to me and my family as well.”
With Auburn off last weekend it gave Fountain the chance to visit Apopka and watch Cox in action along with five-star offensive tackle teammate Martez Ivey, but he wasn’t alone. Auburn Head Coach Gus Malzahn also made the trip to check out the game, something that made a big impression on Cox and many others in his school.
“It was really important to me,” Cox said. “I was really excited for it and I know everybody at my school was too. Coach Malzahn was on the sidelines and people were going crazy because they wanted to meet him. Even the coaches were excited. It was a special moment.”
Currently 5-1 on the season as they prepare to face South Carolina this weekend, the Tigers are still very much in the hunt for the SEC title and a spot in the playoffs this year. While the offense was the main reason for Auburn’s run last season, Cox said so far this year he has seen a true team effort.
“They look really good on both sides of the ball,” he said of the Tigers. “That is especially true of the defense. They are better than they were last year. The offense is really doing good from losing Jay Prosch last year and using Brandon Fulse now. I think they are doing really good and I’m always excited to watch them.”
Without Prosch this season the Tigers have struggled at times to get the downhill running game going, and with no true backup on the team at the moment it’s something that has Cox pumped about joining the team in January and going through spring practice to get a head start on learning the position. Currently playing quarterback, fullback and linebacker, Cox said he's ready to get his new career started with the Tigers.
“It gets me really excited,” Cox said. “I’m just ready to go in there and compete and get myself better. I want to train my body, gain weight, and get faster. I’m just going to try to compete for a job.
“I’m just excited to get there. It’s one big family up there. I’m just excited to be an Auburn Tiger.”