Cox, a 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Aquinas, also has an official visit scheduled with Florida for the weekend of Jan. 27. However, the updated status of that visit is uncertain.
Besides Florida and UNC, Cox is also hearing from Clemson and Michigan State.
During the summer of his junior season, UNC offered Cox a scholarship under the previous regime. The Tar Heels' new staff has decided to continue to pursue Cox with Dan Disch heading up the effort.
"I've talked to the D-coordinator, Coach Disch," Cox said. "He came to the school and I spoke to him. But that's the only person I've spoken to so far. He told me I could play either D-end or bandit."
Cox said he isn't bothered by the coaching staff change.
"I think that it's a pretty good coaching staff that just came in," Cox said. "I'm not really affected by [the coaching change]. I like what they're about to do there."
Originally, Cox had planned to announce his collegiate decision on Signing Day. However, the uncertainty with his favorite schools list and his official visit schedule could force Cox's recruitment to go beyond that.
"I'd like to have [my recruitment] done by Signing day, but I'm not in a rush," Cox said.
Prior to his senior season, Cox transferred from Avon (Ohio) to Aquinas when his father took a job as an assistant coach with the Miami Dolphins. In October, Cox suffered a wrist injury that forced him to miss most of the rest of Aquinas' games.
In addition to several stints as an assistant coach, Cox's father played 12 seasons in the NFL, including three that included a Pro Bowl selection.