'07 Focus: QB Rodney Cox

Angier (NC) Harnett Central standout quarterback Rodney Cox has turned heads with his performance for the Trojans.

Last week, playing an overmatched West Johnston squad, Cox was brilliant, rushing for 245 yards on 12 carries and 4 touchdowns. He also passed for 146 yards and another score in the Trojans 47-7 victory.

Cox, who has led Harnett Central to a 4-0 record, has rushed for 680 yards and 12 touchdowns on 57 carries, averaging an impressive 11.9 yards per carry. The dual-threat quarterback has also passed for 415 yards and four touchdowns. As a sophomore, Cox totaled 3,036 all-purpose yards and 28 all-purpose touchdowns.

Standing 6-foot-6 and 210-pounds, Cox has great size and above-average athleticism to play the quarterback position. However, he's quick to praise his teammates for the success he has had on the gridiron.

"My offensive line has been playing really good, and we've been practicing hard," Rodney Cox told Pack Pride. "I have good players all around me, and we're just getting the job done."

Despite the prolific numbers, even Cox admits that he may not play quarterback on the next level. An outstanding athlete, he could project as a quarterback, tight end, linebacker, or defensive end in college and as of now Cox doesn't have a preference.

Cox is one of the state's top '07 prospects.

"I talked to [North] Carolina and they said that I could probably play quarterback for them, and [NC] State did too," he said. "I also think I could just be an athlete. When I go to college, I want to play wherever I can help the team at."

Despite not having a preference, Cox did point out that he loves the physical contact of football. With his favorite college defensive player being NC State's Mario Williams, (his favorite offensive player is USC tailback Reggie Bush) Cox seemed to enjoy the thought of playing defensive end on the college level.

"I try to encourage my coach to let me play defense, but it won't happen," he said. "I'd love to play defensive end. I like hitting. That's why I like running the ball. I like the contact of getting hit and hitting people."

Cox had a chance to watch Williams and NC State play against Virginia Tech over Labor Day weekend.

"The game was great," he said. "It was one of my greatest moments. I saw Michael Vick in person and got a picture of him. I think it was a great game. It was real competitive, and State tried their hardest. I was hoping they would win."

Cox's early success has led to recruiting attention from programs across the country. All of the ACC and several SEC schools are sending letters. He's received letters from Southern Cal, Notre Dame, and Tennessee among others. Although it's still early, Cox has a top five and appears to have a heavy favorite.

"NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida State, USC, and [North] Carolina are some schools I like," he said. "My favorite is NC State. I grew up around a whole bunch of NC State fans, and they raised me to like NC State.

"I think Coach Amato is a great coach, and they have a great program. I'd like to join that program."

Cox plans on taking unofficial visits to UNC, Duke, Wake Forest, and NC State this season for games and is in no hurry to make a decision.

A potential top-five player in North Carolina's junior class, Cox is certainly one to watch.


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