The Next Great DE at U of L?

Defensive end Brandon Cox knows how to get after quarterbacks and Wednesday he'll sign with the University of Louisville. Is he the next in a long line of great defensive ends for U of L?

Brandon Cox fits the mold of traditional University of Louisville defensive end prospects.

He's fast, rangy, and in need of about twenty-five additional pounds of muscle. But make no mistake, the talent is there, and when the extra weight gets added to his frame, he'll still know how to do what he does best.

Get to the quarterback.

Despite missing three games as a senior, Cox still made 86 tackles and 12 sacks. He was an All-Metro selection in Atlanta and received heavy interest from both Arkansas and Auburn before picking Louisville.

"He's got a great work ethic, tremendous quickness and great range," Douglass High head coach Gary Cantrell said. "He's got a long body and long arms and knows how to get to the quarterback."

Though he'll need to gain additional weight in college, he has the frame to carry it without losing his natural speed and quickness.

"He's about 230-pounds now," Cantrell said. "But can easily carry 260-pounds without losing any of his speed."

"I think he's got most of the physical tools," Cantrell continued. "But he'll need to improve his rush techniques instead of just using his natural ability and speed to get around people."

"He's a great kid."


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