Cox Is 'The Cherry On Top'

All-American cornerback Perrish Cox, rated the 76th best player in the nation by, announced Wednesday afternoon at a news conference that he will be an Oklahoma State Cowboy. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from University High School in Waco, Texas, made his announcement after delaying his decision from earlier in the day.

"It's an exciting finish for a great recruiting class to get a skill player of Perrish's abilities," said OSU head coach Mike Gundy after Cox's letter on intent was faxed to the Cowboy football offices this afternoon. "He can help us as a corner, wide receiver, return duties ... whatever we decide to do with him, he's capable of doing."

Doug Meacham, the Cowboy assistant coach who recruited Cox, said, "This is definitely the cherry on top. He will help us in many ways. His talent speaks for itself, but he has a big heart and he loves to play the game. He'll eventually be a leader on the field and in the lockerroom. He's interested in playing big-time football and getting his degree, and that's what we're all about."

"In the end, Perrish just simply thought that Oklahoma State was the best place for him to go to college for the next four years," said University High head football coach Lee Roy Coleman.

Cox, who played in the U.S. Army All-American Game last month, had narrowed his choices to Oklahoma State and LSU before committing to the Tigers. In recent weeks, however, Cox had reportedly begun to second guess his decision.

He was scheduled to meet with Coleman early Wednesday morning before school and make a decision. But that didn't happen.

"He came in this morning and said he really liked Oklahoma State, but he had not verbally or officially put that in writing yet," Coleman said. "So I think he's a little bit undecided and still a little bit confused. I think Oklahoma State probably is the frontrunner right now, but he still has LSU on the backburner, and still thinking about them a little bit."

But Cox eventually came to the decision that he wanted to be a Cowboy.

We'll have more on Cox's announcement in another story as Robert Allen is scheduled to visit with the standout cornerback very shortly.

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