Cox Likes New PSU Vibe

Demetrious Cox was the most important non-committed prospect expected in this weekend and Penn State exceeded his expectation on his official visit.

There is a brand new vibe on the campus of Penn State and it all centers around new Nittany Lions Head Coach Bill O'Brien and his coaching staff. O'Brien and his staff have brought a new energy to "Happy Valley" and it seems to be contagious.

Jeannette (Pa.) four-star safety Demetrious Cox fresh off of an appearance in the Semper Fidelis Bowl just left campus after his official visit. The soft-spoken, standout liked what he saw.

"My hosts were Adrian Amos and Donovan Smith," Cox said. "I got there late on Friday, around seven or eight. I didn't want to miss basketball practice. We ate at the hotel. I got to spend a lot of time talking with defensive backs coach (John) Butler and the defensive coordinator (Ted Roof)."

On Saturday, Cox got his share of tours in and lots of eating and more discussions with coaches.

"We ate breakfast and I spent more time talking with Coach Butler," explained Cox. "I went and played some basketball and then we had some tours. We ate dinner and talked more with the coaches.

"We watched the highlights and learned more about Coach O'Brien," Cox continued. "We went to the dorms with the players and pretty much everyone was watching the Patriots game." After a lot of one-on-one time with new defensive backs coach John Butler, Cox liked what he heard.

"He gave me some very good feedback," he said of Butler. "He is an up-tempo, very excitable kind of guy. I really likes the schemes they plan on using. They want to play a lot of man coverage and mix it up with some zone blitzing. They want to be able to disguise their coverages better. The players seem very excited about it."

On Sunday, Cox finally had the chance to meet with the new leader of the Nittany Lions Bill O'Brien.

"I went to church and breakfast," stated Cox. "I had a very good talk with Coach O'Brien. I got a real good vibe with him. he was excited and you can tell he is ready to move on and get the ball rolling."

Cox was heavily recruited by the previous staff and is now getting a chance to know this new regime. He has noticed some differences.

"This staff seems younger and very excited," he said. They are pumped and very hyped up. The coaches and the players, along with the current commits all seem excited about the direction of the program.

Cox had a good time, but he is still not ready to proclaim a leader.

"The visit definitely exceeded my expectations," Cox said. "I really liked their attitude and the way they game plan. I'm real excited about it and you can feel everyone there is excited and ready for a change. I felt very comfortable there and I felt like I fit in. I want to take these last few trips maybe to Wisconsin or Ohio State this weekend, we'll see.

"I like Penn State, but I'm not sure where I stand right now," he continued. "I have to put a lot of thought into everything and just wait and see what happens. These guys seem like real good people and great coaches, but there is no guarantee that NFL guys will automatically be good in college, they have to adapt to the college atmosphere. You don't know what will happen with the NCAA and whether or not they get any sanctions either."

Cox did notice another recruit who has be in flux in recent weeks Malik Golden.

"Golden was there," Cox replied. "I'm pretty sure he is all Penn State."

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