Most see their football playing days come to an end when they finish their high school careers. Some, however, are able to continue playing into college. An even smaller portion are fortunate enough to make it to the professional level.
Regardless of how far one’s football career goes, there’s a point in time when it eventually comes to an end. With this being an inevitable reality, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer does his best to prepare his players for life after a football. One of the ways he does so is through “Real Life Wednesdays,” a program in which he brings in speakers to talk to the team each week about a variety of issues that players will have to deal with in their lives after college football.
This program is a key reason why Crestwood, Ohio, defensive lineman Aaron Cox decided to commit to Ohio State as a preferred walk-on.
“Football is not going to last forever – you can ask any person,” Cox told Scout. “(Real Life Wednesdays) sets you up for life right there. You learn a lot of lessons and at the end of the day they want you to walk away with a job offer, which is more important than anything.”
As a preferred walk-on, Cox is guaranteed a spot on the 105-man roster that includes 85 scholarship players.
“Honestly, I went down there (Ohio State) for a game and then sent my coach the film like a week later,” Cox said regarding his conversation with OSU about being a preferred walk-on. “Then they just offered me there pretty much. I talked to (Ohio State executive director for football relations Tim) Hinton down there for about an hour on the phone and then talked to (Ohio State assistant director of player personnel Eron) Hodges a little later and they offered me a preferred walk-on spot.”
Cox has enjoyed every moment of the relationship he has built with Hinton and Hodges.
“It’s been great,” Cox said. “They’re some characters. It’s fun. I love them both and I know there’s about to be some good times down there.”
The Buckeyes have Cox (6-4, 235) slated to play defensive end once he gets to campus. Given the bevy of talent OSU already has at that positon with players such as Nick Bosa, Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis, Cox can’t wait to join the fold this summer.
“It’s exciting. It’s very exciting,” he said. “They’ve got the best defensive line in the country, the best defensive line coach (Larry Johnson) and I’m excited to learn from the best.”
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