Cards eye three-star safety C.J. Cox

Since arriving at Louisville, Steve Kragthorpe has made a strong effort to build recruiting in-roads in Texas. The Cardinals already have two commitments from the Lone Star state and continue to recruit the state hard. C.J. Cox is hearing from Louisville and three-star safety from Garland has strong interest in Cards.

Since arriving at Louisville, Steve Kragthorpe has made a strong effort to build recruiting in-roads in Texas. The Cardinals already have two commitments from the Lone Star state and continue to recruit the state hard. C.J. Cox is hearing from Louisville and three-star safety from Garland has strong interest in Cards.

"They are really pretty high on my list," Cox said of Louisville, who initiated contact with North Garland HS star early last month. "I haven't talked to the coach in a little bit but I think I should be talking to him soon. We'll see how things are going with Louisville then."

Louisville assistant coach Tony Alford is recruiting the 5'11, 190-pound Cox for Steve Kragthorpe's Cards. "They've had a disappointing season," Cox said. "He called me and basically said they need help on defense and need somebody who can come in and play right away. He says they need speed and somebody that wants to play and stop people from passing on them."

Cox said he still doesn't have an offer from Louisville but said Alford has talked about the possibility that one could come later in the recruiting process.

Cox holds scholarship offers from Oklahoma State, Kansas, Wisconsin and Nebraska. Those four programs, plus Louisville, comprise Cox's Top 5. Does anyone on Cox's list standout as a favorite?

"It's still Oklahoma State, nobody has really taken their spot," Cox said. "I've actually been there and I got a tour of the school and facilities and watched them practice. So I've been to the games and the practices. I liked it and that's why they standout."

Cox said he plans to visit both OSU and Kansas but will wait and see who else he'll visit this winter before making his decision.

"I'd like to make my decision before Christmas, so hopefully I'll be able to take a few visits before then," Cox told Scout.com recently. "I really want to play in a good environment and go where I'll be able to play. I want to get along with all the people and coaches and play for a coach that will push me to my full potential."

While his team is winless on the season, Cox has made 60 tackles, one interception and forced a fumble from his safety position.

"Some people just come up and try to make the big hit all the time or they can cover but they can't hit," said Cox. "I can cover and I can hit. So I think I bring two big things to the table and I can make the big play."

Cox said he has no visits scheduled yet. "I just got my test scores in and I got a 20 on my ACT," Cox said.


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