Signee Update: Cox Pleased To Be A Cowboy

One day after making a last second decision to sign with Oklahoma State over LSU, Waco (University), Texas, All-American cornerback Perrish Cox is feeling good about his decision to be a Cowboy.

"Yes, I feel very good about my decision," Cox said from the office of his high school head coach LeRoy Coleman. "I had to get away from everybody. I had mainly committed to LSU because my mom wanted me to commit before going to the U.S. Army All-American Game, but I really wasn't ready to commit. The last few weeks everybody was telling me where I needed to go, but I had to get away and let myself and the Lord let me know where I needed to be."

Cox said he didn't really know where he was going to sign until he got on stage and was introduced in the signing ceremony at University High.

"For me, the main thing is I want to get on the field and LSU has a long line of defensive backs while I knew at OSU I could be right in the mix when I got there," explained Cox. "OSU is spending money on football and they have young coaches like Coach (Vance) Bedford who knows how to get me ready to play in the NFL, and Coach (Doug) Meacham, he's cool. I like the campus and the people."

Cox hasn't qualified academically as of yet, but he has a solid grade point average and is missing just a couple of points on his ACT score. With plenty of chances left to take it, OSU coaches believe he will qualify and be there in the summer. He is a well spoken young man and he says the right things when it comes to education.

"I am going there to get a degree," said Cox emphatically. "That degree is over football. I want to play in the NFL, but I know I have to get that degree. I also know that OSU has the academic center and the people to help me in the classroom."

Cox said he looks forward to a more fun experience in college than the U.S. Army All-American Game which he said consisted of six hours of practice every day and staying in the hotel. When he was told that bowl games are a lot more fun, he acknowledged that he plans to be going on a bunch of those trips with the Cowboys. He said he does have a little advantage in knowing something about college because of a relationship with former Waco University star and current San Diego Charger All-Pro LaDanian Tomlinson.

"He comes back to Waco every summer and stays at one of our coach's house and puts on a camp," said Cox. "This last summer he took me aside and talked to me about what it is like at college -- what to expect and what is expected of me. I feel like he gave me a good idea of what is ahead for me."

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