Tenn. ATH Cox one of nation's best

Memphis-Harding Academy (Tenn.) athlete Todd Cox is one of the top two-way players in the country.

Whether it is linebacker, running back or receiver, college coaches just want to get him into their program and then settle on a position later.

Cox spent his junior season at free safety and running back but he will move back to his more natural position on defense for his senior campaign.

Playing both ways, the 6-2, 190-pounder rushed for 950 yards and 12 touchdowns out of the backfield. Cox could not recall his stats on defense but he made it abundantly clear that his favorite position is linebacker.

"I could play wide receiver but most teams want me as an outside linebacker," he said. "I like playing linebacker more because I am closer to the ball. I'm quick to the ball and I use my speed to get downfield. I play from sideline-to-sideline."

Cox has that natural athletic ability most players dream of and he has terrific speed with a consistent 4.5-forty time. Take into account the fact that he has the frame to add muscle and weight and keep his speed then it's easy to see why so many schools have offered him.

"I have close to 20 offers right now," said Cox who is a full academic qualifier. "Tennessee, LSU, Miami, USC, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Auburn are some that I like. They're all big football schools and have good traditions."

Nick Saban has taken the lead role for LSU in trying to lure Cox out of the Volunteer State and he appears to be making some progress.

"I like LSU because they won the national championship and they're in the SEC," Cox said. "I talk to coach Saban and he seems like a pretty down to earth guy. I don't know a whole lot about the school but I'll probably visit there."

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