To beat the best you have to recruit the best.
It appears that Derek Dooley, the University of Tennessee Head Coach believes in that philosophy.
InsideTennessee.com confirmed with Bryan Cox Jr. of Avon Ohio that he indeeds has interest in the Tennessee Volunteers.
Cox is the son of legendary NFL linebacker Bryan Cox, he is only 16 years old and is continuing to grow and get ready for college football. He told Scout.com that he is currently 6-foot-3 and 230-pounds.
"Recruiting is going good," Cox said Tuesday night. "North Carolina was my first offer. Tennessee is showing me a lot of interest and sending me the most mail of anyone, one of their coaches recently added me to his friends list on Facebook."
Cox participated in the Under Armour Combine earlier this year and according to Scout.com expert Bill Greene, turned in an outstanding performance.
"Bryan showed quick feet and great strength that has college recruiters from across the country tracking him," Greene said. "Although listed as a linebacker, Cox could be playing defensive end in college, because he is still growing and has the frame to add more weight."
Cox plans on learning more about Tennessee in the near future.
"I'm definitely planning on taking an unofficial visit to their campus in the near future," Cox said. "I want to check out things there, I have heard a lot of great things about their program."
Does Cox have any early favorites.
"North Carolina was the first to offer me," Cox said. "I will always remember that, I'm excited about Tennessee and there are several other schools beginning to recruit me hard."
Cox has taken a few unofficial visits, and is in the process of scheduling a few more for the next few months.
"I've visited Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State, and I like all three schools," he stressed. "I'm also hearing from LSU, and my coach talks to them a lot. I'm going to try to get down to see LSU and a few other SEC schools like Tennssee in the next few months."