RECRUITING: Top Texas CB lists OU among top three

Waco, Texas cornerback Perrish Cox talks about the possibility of playing both ways in college, his three favorites and his relationship with current Sooner and former Waco High teammate Marcus Walker.

Perrish Cox, ATH, 6'0, 175, 4.4, WACO (UNIVERSITY HS), TEXAS:

Without question, Perrish Cox is not only one of the very best players in the Lone Star State, but in the country. In fact, he is so good he could wind up playing on both sides of the ball at the next level.

"Playing both ways is something that I am certainly interested in," said Cox. "Some of the college coaches tell me that it can happen and some tell me to start out at one position and then try to play both ways. I prefer cornerback, but I like wide receiver just the same. If I had to pick one, I would pick cornerback."

Cox broke into the starting lineup at always tough Waco High as a pure freshman as a corner, despite coming up to the varsity as a wide receiver. During his sophomore year, Cox went both ways and then last year he went both ways finishing with 27 tackles, eight interceptions and one sack. On offense, Cox had an outstanding season with 47 catches for 646 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cox is also the kick and punt returner, and he returned one each for touchdowns despite the fact they didn't kick the ball much to him.

Cox can bench 205 pounds and he has posted a 36-inch vertical jump. Cox runs the 100M (10.7), 200M (21.5), 4X100 relay (second) and 4X400 (anchor), and he won the state Class 4A long jump championship at 23'10 ½. Cox is also a four-year starter in hoops as the shooting guard averaging 14 points per game.

"I want to play both football and run track in college," said Cox. "I at least want to compete in the long jump because I think I can really improve in that event. I would love to play basketball, but I can't play everything in college."

Cox has recently been to the Scout Network Combine at Baylor and to a camp at TCU. He has been offered by 15 schools at this time and seems to be enjoying the recruiting process.

"I like Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and LSU as my top three schools," said Cox. "Oklahoma has a great team and they are always playing for the National Championship. At Oklahoma, I have a good chance to start at cornerback. I want to get out of state and I want to get a good driving distance away.

"Oklahoma and Waco High have always had a good relationship. Vince Carter was a great player there and Marcus Walker is starting at corner. I talked to Marcus yesterday and he told me how fun it was to play at OU and how he thought I could get some good playing time at Oklahoma. He said that he did and he felt that I was good enough to do it. He told me that the coaches would take good care of me and give me a fair shot."

Cox will take his ACT test this Saturday, but his GPA is in good shape.

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