Top In State QB Impressed with Duke

When Tom Knotts was hired away from Charlotte Independence High School to become the quarterbacks coach at Duke, it was hoped that it would be a start for the Blue Devils to get a foot hold on in state recruiting. That strategy may be starting to payoff as one of North Carolina's top signal callers has the Blue Devils way up on his college wish list.

"Duke would be a great situation for me," said Charlotte Independence QB Joe Cox. "Having a chance to play for my coach is something that I would really feel comfortable with."

The interest between Cox and Duke is certainly mutual as the Blue Devils hosted the 6-foot-1, 200 pounder for the annual spring game. There Cox, along with a pair of teammates that included top receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, Cox had a chance to tour the Duke facilities and meet with head coach Ted Roof in a one-on-one setting. The entire day was something that made a big impression.

"I really like the Duke campus and their coaching staff is one of the best around. The highlight was definitely having a chance to meet and talk with Coach Roof. He's a great fit for that program and I think he really has what it takes to turn the Duke program around and make it really good again."

So what did he and Coach Roof talk about?

"We just talked about Duke's system and how it would be really good for me. Off the field Duke has the best academics of anyone on my list, if not in the country. That's important too."

While he was taken with the Duke experience, Cox maintains a list of five schools. Those five include Duke, Clemson, Maryland, Stanford, and Georgia. To this point none of the five have extended a scholarship offer. However, if he has it his way, Cox won't go too far from home.

"I'd love to play in the ACC during college. With the new teams I think it will be the best conference in the country hands down."

With a number of high major programs calling, Cox says he's still sorting through the early parts of his recruitment and continues to gather information. Still the Blue Devils remain strong thanks to their early interest.

"Obviously playing for Coach again would be a great situation for me. He knows my capabilities and knows the kind of environment in which I am most comfortable. It would be a lot better than going somewhere else where the coach and I have to learn that kind of thing all over again."

Heading into his senior season the Independence QB says his team looks good once again and will probably challenge for yet another state title.

"I think we'll be really good again. We've got a lot of big time players coming up, and that'll translate into another successful season I think. A lot of the guys are getting calls from the big time programs, and most of them really like Duke now too."

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