Georgia Defender Has Tigers In Top Two

This defensive end talks about the recruiting process and why he likes the Tigers.

Atlanta, Ga.--A prospect from the Peach State is coming on strong late in the recruiting season as several schools looking for a difference-maker on defense are starting to give him a look. Athletic 6-4, 225 Brandon Cox from Douglass High is one of the top pass rushers in the Atlanta area this season and has several colleges interested in him heading towards signing day.

"It's going pretty good," Cox tells Inside The Auburn Tigers of the recruiting process. "You have some schools that call and they act like they are interested in you and then you never hear from them again. I'm hearing from Auburn, Arkansas, Louisville, Connecticut and Memphis the most right now.

"I have an official visit to Louisville on Jan. 9th," Cox adds. "I have a visit to Arkansas on Jan. 16. I'm coming to Auburn on the 23rd and I got to Memphis on the 30th. Right now Auburn and Arkansas are hand-in-hand as my favorites. After I go on my visits I will know which one is the best."

As a defensive end Cox finished his senior season with 86 tackles and 12 sacks and earned All-City honors for a team that finished 8-3 and lost in the first round of the state playoffs. A full-time starter for two seasons that started some his sophomore year, Cox also saw some time at tight end and was used mostly as a blocker, but his future is definitely on the defensive side of the ball.

"My strength is pass rushing," Cox says. "On third downs in pass situations I'm always in the backfield in the quarterback's face bringing him down or at least putting pressure on him. That's what I can bring to a team."

Currently a position of strength for the Tigers, the depth at defensive end will get thinner after next season with the loss of three solid contributors, something Cox says he likes about Auburn's program. He also says the proximity makes them a good fit if he decided to come to the Plains.

"I like them a lot because they are close to home," Cox says. "I get to see them a lot on TV. They are always on TV."

Cox was a high school teammate of current Arkansas standout Ahmad Carroll and that could play a factor is his decision as well. Cox is currently waiting on offers from all of his favorites, but the fact that he's getting visits is a good sign for the defensive end.

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