Now imagine that he attempts 329 passes on the season and completes an astounding 70.8 percent of his tosses for 2,887 yards and 27 touchdowns with just five interceptions. Welcome to the football world of Hewitt-Trussville star Brandon Cox.
Considered the top quarterback prospect in Alabama and one of the best in the entire South, the left-hander has schools drooling at the prospect of adding him to their roster this August. However it appears to be a four-team race with Auburn and Florida ahead of LSU and North Carolina State in the race to gain his signature when National Signing Day rolls around February 6.
This coming weekend the Auburn Tigers will get the first shot at wooing Cox when he takes a visit to the Plains on January 11 for his second official trip out of his allotted five. He will next travel to LSU on January 18 before wrapping up his trips with a visit to Gainesville on January 25. With new offensive coordinator Bob Petrino already on board with the Tigers and things looking good for a wide-open offense in the future, Cox tells Inside The Auburn Tigers that he's already spoken with the new coach and likes what he hears from him.
"I'm planning on coming down Friday," Cox says. "I talked to him (Coach Petrino) for about 20 minutes (Monday night). He sounds like he really knows what he's doing and could be a good choice for Auburn… I'm just looking forward to meeting all the coaches and getting to know Coach Petrino and see what the offense is going to be that he will run. He said we'll probably watch some film on it and everything."
While Auburn appears to be in solid shape with Cox, the Florida Gators are somewhat in limbo with the resignation of head coach and quarterback guru Steve Spurrier. With Spurrier being his main reason for keeping the Gators in the hunt, Cox notes that they are still alive but LSU is closing on them fast.
"It's just a wait and see with them," Cox says. "I haven't talked to anybody from Florida since Coach Spurrier resigned so I'm still waiting on them. He said that he would never leave Florida and that he was happy there and everything, but I guess he changed his mind…it brings LSU into the picture more but it also strengthens Auburn since Auburn has hired a coach and I know what's going on down there. It's a little of both, I guess."
Saying that although it is his plan is to take all three of his remaining visits before making a decision, Cox didn't hesitate to say that if he finds the right place he'll go ahead and commit without any qualms.
"If I go to Auburn and it's where I want to go I'll commit there," he notes. "The same for LSU. It will just be whenever I decide."
Brandon Cox in action.
Tiger Ticket Extra: Although this is considered a dead period for contact between coaches and players, they are still allowed to speak by telephone while the American Football Coaches Association convention is going on in San Antonio, Tex. New Auburn offensive coordinator Bob Petrino took full advantage of his one phone call by having a nice conversation with Auburn's number one quarterback target. Cox says that he came away really impressed and is looking forward to spending time with Petrino over the weekend...Cox is also making the official recruiting visit with another Hewitt-Trussville player, wide receiever Lee Guess. The duo is one of the more successful receiving duos in Alabama prep history. The two have played together since they were seventh graders.