Connecticut RB Cox Picks Up UMD Offer

Avon (CT) running back Mike Cox came to Maryland's football camp with one goal in mind: to earn a scholarship offer. He didn't leave empty-handed.

Cox picked up an offer after camp ended, and now appears to be one of the top priorities at the position.

"The coaches just liked seeing me do the drills and see how quick I was ... I showed good foot speed," Cox said.

The class of 2008 tailback ran a 4.44 and a 4.49 40-yard dash in front of coaches, eventually earning an offer from head coach Ralph Friedgen after camp dispersed.

The 6-foot, 200-pound rusher has now accumulated offers from Maryland, Penn State, Boston College and UConn. He has already visited all four schools this summer in addition to Penn State and Michigan, which also may have recently offered.

Though the Avon, Connecticut-born running back lives an hour from UConn and two hours from Boston College, he has not put much emphasis on location as a key factor to where he lands.

"I want to go to a school that has a program that's really good, and a place where I have a chance to start early, and get some early playing time," Cox said.

The Terps' fit both of Cox's requirements. Cox is aware that Maryland is losing two key running backs after the upcoming season in Keon Lattimore and Lance Ball.

"I like that [Maryland is] a top 25 program. They win a lot, and I heard that Maryland is really big on football. They have really good fans. I like the stadium a lot too, it's really big," Cox explained.

Cox will attempt to end his recruitment before his senior year of high school picks up, but as it stands, he is not leaning in one direction. "I'm not really sure where schools are on my list, but [Maryland is] definitely pretty high," he said.

After having time to reflect on his visit, Cox explained his stance on the Terps: "After [the visit], I like them a lot more. I thought it was really nice."

In his junior season, Cox gained 1,000 yards rushing on around eight yards per carry, adding 16 rushing touchdowns for Avon Old Farms. The rising senior compares himself to five-time Pro Bowler LaDainian Tomlinson.

He recently recorded 4.53 Sparq-timed 40-yard dash, in addition to 35.9-inch vertical jump, 4.40-second shuttle and a strong showing in the bench press.

"I'm pretty fast and I'm real strong too, but I can also juke out people," he said. "I usually make a move on somebody before I run over them, but I can do that too if I need to, and I can catch the ball pretty well."

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