Blue Devils Offer Cox

After coaching him for three seasons, Tom Knotts had a chance to call his former quarterback with good news on Friday night.

"I got my first offer from Duke," said Charlotte Independence standout signal caller Joe Cox. "They saw me at the combine and realized they were ready to offer me. Coach Knotts called me and gave me the verbal offer."

Knotts, who recently left Independence High School to join the Duke coaching staff, coached Cox since his freshman season. During that span, the Patriots claimed the North Carolina 4A State Championship every year and have not lost a single game.

This connection, as well as the great academic reputation, has the Blue Devils firmly in the lead for Cox's services. However, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound gunslinger isn't ready to commit just yet.

"I want to go to the one day camps that I have already committed to and make sure it's the right choice," remarked Cox. "Then I'll make a choice after the one-day camps."

Those one day camps include stops at Clemson and Georgia this summer as well as Duke. Cox has already visited a number of schools including Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, and N.C. State.

Still Cox believes the situation in Durham could be as good as it gets for him.

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

So the ties to Knotts may prove useful for him?

"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."

In helping Independence claim their fourth State Title in as many years, Cox completed 237 passes of 373 attempts for 3,983 yards and 43 touchdowns.

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