Joe Cox Commits To Duke

The Blue Devils' recruiting patterns continued to pick up last week as one of North Carolina's top signal callers pledged his commitment to Duke.

"I really felt comfortable with Coach Roof and the entire staff," said Charlotte Independence standout Joe Cox. "I'm really excited about being a Blue Devil."

The commitment from Cox solidifies a wave of recruiting momentum for Duke in the state of North Carolina where Roof and his staff have already earned verbals from Marquis Melvin, and Ryan Radloff. Melvin is ranked as the No. 12 player on the pre camp top 20 list of North Carolina prospects by

The Blue Devils were the first major offer for Cox, though many high majors were expected to follow suit when the 6-foot-1, 197 pounder made his rounds to various summer camps this year. He was receiving interest from a number of schools including Clemson, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Stanford.

During his junior campaign, Cox threw for 3,983 yards on 237 completions of 373 attempts and 43 touchdowns against just 11 interceptions while leading Independence to a perfect 16-0 record and yet another state championship under the guidance of former coach Tommy Knotts, who is now in charge of the quarterbacks in Durham.

Reuniting with his old coach was a big selling point for Cox when decision time came calling.

"It will be great to play for coach again. He knows the kinds of situations that I am comfortable in and he knows my what I do well and what I need to work on. Playing for him means I can go in and not worry about having to learn a new coaching style 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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