"It was totally unexpected, I was surprised," he said.
"My coach texted me and told me I had an offer. Me and Tez (Martez Ivey) were in the car and we were trying to guess who the offer was from. We were just guessing different schools, then my coach texted, ‘Alabama.' We were both really surprised and I was extremely excited," he said.
"I've always liked Alabama, I think it's a great program, all the national championships they've won, and (head) coach (Nick) Saban. I've watched a lot of videos of them on YouTube, the way they work out and stuff. It's just a special program."
Cox and Ivey will both visit Alabama this weekend with Cox's brother and stepdad.
"I've been real excited about this trip for awhile," he said.
"I just want to see more of the campus. I've been to Alabama one time and I didn't see a lot of the campus. I'm excited to sit down with the coaches, see the rest of the campus, see the rest of the facilities, and we're going to watch the team work out."
The group will also visit Auburn on the trip.
"(I'm looking forward to) just seeing all of it and to meet the rest of the coaches. I met (head) coach (Gus) Malzahn and (special teams) coach (Scott) Fountain when they came to the school, so I've met them before, but I haven't seen any facilities at Auburn. I'm extremely excited," Cox said.
"I think it's a great program. The year before last year, they had a bad year, but they came back strong and went to the national title and almost won that game. I think it's pretty awesome and the coaches are great."
The Hurricanes and the Volunteers also joined Cox's offer list last week and he's happy to have offers from both programs.
"I've been down to Miami one time, last summer, and I saw the new facilities they just built, they were really nice. It's Miami, it's really nice down there. The coaches are really nice, they talked to me and Tez a lot, they're nice. I think it's pretty special too because they have so many NFL players that have gone there," he said.
"I like Tennessee. (Head) coach (Butch) Jones, he offered my brother when he was at Cincinnati. My brother was actually committed to Cincinnati and when Coach Jones left for Tennessee, my brother actually decommitted. So Coach Jones knows my family pretty well."
"I love Florida and I loved my visit up there. All these other offers just make that decision that much harder. It's kind of stressful, but at the same time it's exciting, it's a fun time in my life right now," he said.
"I think it'll take me a bit longer just so I can see the other campuses, and I'll commit when it feels right."
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