Cox: 'It's Home'

DURHAM, N.C. -- One of the top players at's combine this past weekend was Angier (NC) Harnett Central quarterback Rodney Cox.

Generally considered one of the state's top rising senior prospects, Cox hopes his performance enhances his chances of playing in the 2007 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

"I didn't do too good in the vertical, I only got a 31, but I think I did good in all of the other stuff," Rodney Cox told Pack Pride. "It's a big combine. I did better at some of the other combines with my times, but it's alright. I want to play in that game."

A dual-threat quarterback, Cox ran a spread-option style offense similar to the offense employed by Urban Meyer at Florida. As a junior, he completed 70-of-132 passes (53%) for 1,471 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 2,370 yards and 32 touchdowns.

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

Harnett Central head coach Mark Morris has heard the comparisons to Young and believes his star player will make his mark at quarterback on the next level.

"Everyone is recruiting Rodney as a quarterback, and they haven't mentioned him playing another position," coach Morris said. "I think that is how offenses are evolving these days, with a quarterback having the size and ability that Rodney has." recruiting analyst Miller Safrit also believes the 6-foot-6, 216-pound athlete could play quarterback in college, but admits that with his size and speed he could also star at other positions as well.

"First and foremost, Cox is a tremendous athlete and the type of player you just want to put the ball in his hands," Safrit said. "Should he stick to quarterback, he has some work to do on his footwork and mechanics, but he has the arm to play and hit the deep cuts. He has quick feet, makes good reads in finding a hole while following blockers, and could easily make the transition to wide receiver where he showed good hands in San Antonio for the combine.

"Cox has a huge frame at 6-6 and great athleticism, which allows him the potential to play nearly any position on the field. He certainly has the arm to play quarterback, and he throws a catchable ball though he may be erratic with his mechanics at times."

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

Cox has already secured offers from NC State and East Carolina while drawing heavy interest from Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Virginia Tech among others. At the moment, three programs are ahead of the pack.

"I like NC State, East Carolina, and Florida," he said. "NC State and East Carolina have offered me. I think Florida might be about to. They are recruiting me pretty hard.

Does he have a leader?

"NC State is my favorite," Cox said. "It's home. I like their program and the facilities.

"I wanted to go back for the spring game, but I've got to go to Charlotte for the combine."

Cox is in no hurry to make a decision, and plans to do so after his senior year. He will also attend the Shrine Bowl combine and possibly the NIKE and Adidas Camps.

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