UNC in Cox's Top Five

While on the college camp circuit with Raw Talent last summer, Bryan Cox, Jr. landed his first scholarship offer – North Carolina.

"At North Carolina, a coach came up to Mark Harris – he runs Raw Talent – [and] he had a list of the few that he wanted to come back and view and have a campus tour," Cox said. "I was on that list.

"When I came back, it was nice and we had a nice tour. And they said come back later for a more in-depth one."

Before leaving the area to continue the camp tour, Cox, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end from Avon (Ohio), stopped by UNC one last time.

"I went in and they had me fill out a questionnaire," Cox said. "And one of the coaches said ‘We're going to go ahead and offer you.'

"It was nice – especially coming from a school like North Carolina. Usually people don't start off with big D1 schools like that. It was nice to have one of the top dogs to offer me first."

Since then, Cox has added offers from Indiana and Kent State.

"It's pretty big that [UNC] offered me first," Cox said. "I loved the campus and everything, so I'm definitely considering them. They're definitely in my top five. But, I want to get to view other campuses before I can place my top five."

With Raw Talent, Cox attended several camps throughout the nation, including stops at Michigan State and Ohio State.

Besides the schools he visited during Raw Talent's tour, Cox has visited Penn State.

"I haven't really gotten around to see all the campuses that I want to see," Cox said.

Cox doesn't have any trips upcoming, but plans to return to UNC "soon."

"I'm going to make contact with the coaches sometime coming up," Cox said.

Depending on his scholarship offer list, Cox plans on camping at several schools this summer. But he doesn't know of any definite destinations.

Cox is looking at waiting for Signing Day to make his collegiate decision.

"I think it's a good idea to explore all my options," Cox said. "Offers might come in late – you never know. I think it's just best to wait it out as long as you possibly can so you make sure you have all the offers you want and you just lay it out from there."

A three-year starter at defensive end, Cox accumulated 37 tackles, three pass breakups, 1.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles as a junior.

Cox's father, Bryan Sr., was a three-time Pro Bowler at defensive end during his 12-year NFL career. He coached the Cleveland Browns' defensive line for two seasons (2009-10) and was the New York Jets assistant defensive line coach for three (2006-08).

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