Brandon Cox of Hewitt-Trussville in Trusville, Ala., is one of the top quarterbacks in the South. He is also probably one of the best in the country. On film, he is reminiscent of Kenny Stabler, the old NFL left-hander who was able to methodically drive his team down the field for score after score.
The LSU Tigers were hoping to sign two quarterbacks last year, but they only signed one pure quarterback.
"That's alright because it will give us a better chance to sign the left-hander in Alabama next year," said one LSU scout. That left-handing quarterback that they were referring to was obviously Cox (6-3, 185, 4.7).
As a junior, Cox was sensational as he passed for 2,683 yards and 28 touchdowns. His team lost in the playoffs to the eventual 6A State champion Hoover, but he still had an incredible season.
Cox is also a great athlete. As a pitcher in baseball, he recorded a fine 6-1 record as a junior. He also has a 3.89 GPA in the classroom in college prep courses and has scored a 34 on his ACT.
Cox has narrowed his college choices to three teams in the South: Auburn, LSU and North Carolina State. "I would like to stay close to home," says Cox.
In talking to another Auburn quarterback recruit, the feeling was that Cox had already secretly committed to the Auburn Tigers or he was leaning heavily to them.
If you are a betting man and pick the Tigers to get him, you have a two-thirds chance of being right. - Max Emfinger, MaxEmfingerRecruiting.com
Herring skips LSU, commits to Ole Miss
Chris Herring is arguably the No. 1 prospect in a talent-laden state of Mississippi this year. Last weekend, he was expected to visit LSU but cancelled his plans at the last moment. The reason for the change in plans became evident last week when the 6-foot-2, 260-pound (4.5 forty) linebacker gave a verbal commitment to Ole Miss
"I committed to Ole Miss last night," said Herring. "It came down to me just wanting to stay close to home. They have a powerful offense, and their defense is starting to come around. Hopefully I can step right in. They're talking to me about playing inside linebacker."
While Herring has committed to Ole Miss, he said he'd still like to take a trip to Georgia in January. "I'm still going to try and visit Georgia. I really liked the coaches from Ole Miss and Georgia. They were always straight up with me, and I liked that."
While Georgia may still get a visit, one might think it would be an uphill battle to obtain the services of the monster linebacker from South Panola High School. Three of Herrings cousins are currently on the Ole Miss roster: Eddie Strong, Toward Sanford, and Kevin Thomas. All three are from South Panola, and all three are Rebels.
Herring looks to make it four in February. - Jamie Newberg, BorderWars.com
West Virginia swipes New Orleans prospect
"West Virginia is getting a great player," said New Orleans-Fortier head coach Kevin Roussell in commenting on the decision of defensive end Tory Collins to commit to the Mountaineers.
"His strength is rushing the passer," said Roussell. "He's a two-time all-state defensive end, and a four-year starter for us. He plays defensive tackle in our 3-4, but he'll probably be a defensive end in college."
Collins also plays guard at times for Fortier, but his future looks to be on the defensive side of the ball.
Roussell, who played high school football against WVU assistant coach Calvin Magee, notes that Collins, while noted for rushing the passer, is no slouch against the run either.
"When we had him at football camp, he asked about what he needed to do to get better, but the staff couldn't come up with much. He does many things well - he's a well-rounded player. He's physical, has good football instincts, and uses his hands well."
Off the field, Collins is just as impressive, according to Roussell. A team captain, Collins is "the kind of guy you'd like to bring home to Mom." Collins is at a qualifying level in GPA and is close to obtaining a qualifying test score. He will test again this month.
Among those schools recruiting Collins, LSU and Florida stand out. Collins was drawing comparisons to Florida standout defensive end Alex Brown, and was being heavily recruited by the home-state Tigers. However, after his visit to West Virginia on the weekend of Oct. 6, Collins became convinced Morgantown was the place for him.
"He had a West Virginia shirt on today," Roussell said last Monday. "He had a great visit and really enjoyed himself. I think West Virginia stole one from LSU." - BlueGoldNews.com
White leans to Washington, will visit LSU
Scott White, a 6-foot-1, 221-pound linebacker from Mission Bay, Calif., returned from his official trip to Washington last Sunday and said the Huskies are now his "clear leader." But one thing is preventing him from an early commitment – his plans to visit LSU enxt month.
White, one of the top linebackers on the West Coast, took his official visit to Washington for the Huskies game with Southern California and said the visit was better than he imagined it would be.
"I had such a good time I didn't want to come home," White said. "Everything about it was perfect. The coaches were great, I loved hanging out with the players on the team and the weather was even really nice."
White visited Oklahoma the last weekend of September but said the Huskies are definitely the team to beat.
"Yeah, I've been thinking about committing a lot but I really want to go check out LSU (Nov. 30) before I make my decision. I've never been to Louisiana before and I've heard it's a real fun place. Washington is going to have a great class and I think there might be a lot of players starting to commit there pretty soon.
"I hung out with Haloti Ngata a lot on the visit and we both talked about committing to Washington. I'm pretty sure he's going there. He had a real good time too."