Tenn. RB has UNC offer

Once again, the North Carolina coaching staff is dipping into the Volunteer State in an attempt to steal one of Tennessee's prized recruits.

Memphis (Tenn.) Harding running back/outside linebacker Todd Cox received an offer from the Tar Heels in early March. That first offer opened the flood gates.

"North Carolina was the first team to offer me, and then USC and LSU offered," stated Cox. "I also have offers from Auburn, Tennessee and Arkansas. My coach said that Ole Miss offered, but they haven't sent anything yet."

Cox, who has never been to Chapel Hill, admits he's still learning about the UNC football program, but lists North Carolina among his favorites and is planning a visit to explore the campus in the future.

"Well, I don't know too much about the football program but I like the school," remarked Cox. "They are in my top five though. I'm going there on one of my five visits. I don't know what camps I'm going to go to, so they could be one."

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound 'back who owns a 4.45-second forty-yard dash time, has shared a brief conversation with a Tar Heel coach the main theme concerning visiting Chapel Hill.

"They were just asking me to come to the school and said they would be down here in March," Cox said. "They asked me what position I wanted to play, but I'm not for sure yet. Most schools want me to play outside linebacker, but I'm being recruited as a running back also."

Running back might be where the Heels would want Cox, given their need at the position for the 2005 recruiting class. Cox proved last year he possesses the skills to carry the load of playing running back with his 9.5 yard per rush average and 10 touchdowns.

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