Recruiting: Gundy To See Perrish Cox Tonight

In a little bit of a throwback to the old days of covering recruiting, a day and time I enjoyed, we contacted Waco (Texas) University High head coach LeRoy Coleman about the recruitment of his star athlete Perrish Cox. Coleman is the coach featured in the recent Nike commerical spotlighting high school football and some of its past stars.

"We were very fortunate to be featured in those commercials because LT played here," Coleman said of his past player and current San Diego Chargers star LaDamian Tomlinson. "That got them to notice us."

Actually, Coach Coleman is well known for his program at Waco University High School. Cox is a very talented corner prospect with great size at 6-1, 195 pounds and lightning speed.

"Right now he's coming off a visit to Oklahoma State," said Coleman. "He's already visited Nebraska (Oct. 16) and Oklahoma (Oct. 30) and he is visiting LSU this weekend and TCU the next weekend. I think the picture will become a lot clearer after the visit this weekend. He has said the front runners are OSU, LSU, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, not necessarily in that order.

"Coach (Mike) Gundy and Coach (Doug) Meacham (Oklahoma State) just called a little while ago," continued Coleman. "They are in Pflugerville and they are coming around six tonight to watch him play basketball. He hasn't said offically which is his top choice. He was going to make his announcement in that U.S. Army High School All-Star Game, but since then he has talked to his dad who has encouraged him to announce the decision prior to that."

Coleman said whoever gets Cox is getting a good young man and a talented player, who had a senior season that was misleading.

"They (opponents) didn't throw at him much at all," explained Coleman. "We had trouble getting the ball to him because he was double teamed all the time. We had to improvise to get him the ball and move him around. He had a great year on special teams. In one game against Temple he took several kicks back, but then teams stopped kicking the ball to him. He's a super kid that has his head on straight. I think it helped this summer that he got to spend some time with LaDanian. LT was in town for a camp and stayed at our defensive coordinator's house and the kids would come over in the evening and I think he gave Perrish some good advice on recruiting."

It's fun dealing with the high school coaches, who sometimes have become forgotten figures in recruiting, but not coach Coleman.

"Feel free to call back and we'll let you know what is going on with Perrish. You are welcome anytime."

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