UA Coach high on Gators DB prospects

If you have ever been to an Under Armour combine or football practice you know Donald Cox. You may not know his name, but you can't but hear him when he leads the team in chants and warm up before practices and games. He's one of the more fiery people you will ever meet and he also helps coach the defensive backs for Under Armour.

Coach Cox took some time to talk to FightinGators.com after the final practice leading up to the game about a few prospects the Gators have committed or are after.

Jamal Adams is a five-star safety out of Lewisville, Texas and is going to announce for either Florida or LSU on Thursday during the contest. When you first get a glimpse of Adams in person, his size for the position he plays really stands out.

"Jamal is a next level free safety," Cox said when asked about the star player. "He is big and can run and hit like Lamarcus Joyner. He is a free safety that can play some outside linebacker or even rush as a defensive end."

With all of his tools, free safety seems to be Adam's eventual home because of his ability to know everything that is going on.

"He has great hips and very smart," Cox said. "He can set the whole defense u and put the players where they should be."

Florida has a pair of cornerback commits in the game including the guy that has tuned the most heads this week. Immokalee athlete J.C. Jackson should start at corner on Thursday.

"JC Jackson he is going to be an outstanding cornerback," Coc said. "He has a unique talent which is to be able to turn it on and turn it off (quickly), his turn over is phenomenal. I think when he learns to go full speed all the time… that is his big thing right now. He thinks he can go half (speed) and catch up with anyone. He's a great corner. He is a very physical player. He is going to bring that wood. He just has to learn a little better fundamentals at being a better all-around cornerback."

One guy getting overlooked by some watching is Ft. Lauderdale University School athlete Quincy Wilson. Cox lit up when asked about the versatile play maker.

"Quincy is another level player," Cox said. "He just has to get better at fundamentals. You can use Quincy everywhere. He can run, he's big, he's smart, I can plug him in so many positions and help me out."

Like Jackson, Wilson is physically ready to come and play ball with the big boys.

"I think he can play right away because they are losing a lot," the coach said. "He can play as soon as he understands the speed of the game. He could be a nickel, corner, or maybe a big free safety. Definitely a nickel or corner.

Jackson and Wilson are both from South Florida. Typically, the star players from the area come in with a level of confidence in their play and so it is with these two.

"He doesn't have any fear," Cox said of Wilson. "He believes he is as good as anyone and will hold his ground.

"It is a south Florida thing. The kids in south Florida just have this attitude that you just can't beat them. He and J.C. just have that in them, both swagger and humbleness."


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