Pack Offers Cox

Entering last week's opening round playoff game as the No. 2 seed in the 3AA classification, Harnett Central High School figured to receive a relatively easy opener against West Brunswick.

The Trojans, led by junior quarterback Rodney Cox, features one of the state's most explosive offensive attacks, and West Brunswick had no chance answer for Cox.

"We won our first game 63-0," Cox told Pack Pride. "We beat West Brunswick, a team from near Wilmington. I passed for 57 yards, and I had 14 rushes for 257 yards. I also had a touchdown passing and two touchdowns rushing."

Harnett Central improved to 11-1 on the season and hosts Greensboro (NC) Dudley this week. For Dudley to have a chance against the Trojans, they have to stop Cox, and no team has been able to do that this year.

Cox has now rushed for 2,084 yards and 30 touchdowns on 192 carries (10.9 YPC). He has also passed for 1,445 yards and another 12 scores. At 6-foot-6 and 215-pounds, Cox believes his versatility is what gives opposing defenses problems.

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

"My ability to pass the ball and run are my strengths," he said. "I think that helps me when I play. People say I play like Vince Young, the Texas quarterback."

While he is focusing on the playoffs, hoping to lead Harnett Central to its first ever state title, Cox has seen his college recruitment explode. He is receiving early interest from several high-major programs and has already picked up his first official scholarship offer.

"[NC] State, [North] Carolina, Virginia Tech, and Southern Cal," Cox said. "Those are recruiting me. I have a written offer from State. That's great, because I have always liked them, but I'm still pursuing all my options."

Cox admits that he is unsure of his future position. He enjoys playing quarterback, but believes that some schools may want him to play tight end or even defensive end on the next level.

"Most of them want me for a quarterback, but on the Internet I saw where they had me as a tight end," he said. "I'll probably go in as an athlete. I think I can play quarterback, tight end, defensive end, or maybe even wide receiver."

With an early scholarship offer on the table, Cox also has a leader.

"State is my leader," Cox said. "I've always been a Wolfpack fan. I think I'd have a better chance to start up there, and I think I can help them out.

"I also like their defense, and they've got some good running backs."

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


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