The pipeline from Killian High School in Miami, Fla. has been particularly kind to NC State. Regarded as one of the perennial high school powers in S. Florida, the program has sent Andre Maddox, Pat Thomas and Stephen Tulloch to don the red and white in Raleigh over the last four years. State was also heavily involved with CB JR Bryant in 2003 and have made CB Demetrice Morley a priority for the class of 2005. Killian will boast a newcomer in 2004 and CB Antwane Cox will hope to add his name among the ever-growing list of division one prospects from the talent-laden program.
At a school that plays on the level of a program like Killian's, just landing a starting role on defense is usually enough to earn the attention of college recruiters. Cox will look to do just that after transferring in from nearby South Ridge High School in May of this year. Although, he has gone unnoticed by most recruiting analysts, he was recently named the No. 24 player in Florida by FloridaKids.com.
As a junior Cox tallied 40 tackles and three interceptions. At 6-0, 175 pounds and boasting 4.43-second speed in the 40-yard dash, the rising senior told StateFans that his ability to go one on one against wide receivers was easily what he felt was his strongest asset.
"My bump and run technique is good and I love to play man-up and I run well," said Cox. I need to improve a little bit on my tackling."
So far he's received interest from Iowa, Rutgers, Florida, South Florida and Louisville. This spring he received calls from all of those programs except the Gators.
However, the programs he listed at the top of his favorite's list were Georgia, Miami and LSU.
As for the Pack, Cox has received only lukewarm interest from the State coaches to date but he's hoping a strong senior season will catch their eye. He also boasts a family connection to the Wolfpack.
"I've gotten a few letters from State but that's about it," said Cox. "If State showed more interest in me I definitely would consider them more. I like their program. My cousin, Marcus Hudson, he plays up there. I've watched them on TV and I like the way they play defense."
Cox has attended camp with Rutgers and hopes to make it to Georgia this summer. He added that he has no problem leaving the state of Florida to play football and is really looking for a program that will give him the opportunity for early playing time.