Todd Cox coming to UM

Todd Cox was a hot property coming out of Harding Academy in 2005. So hot, in fact, he signed with Tennessee. After spending two years in junior colleges, he's now ready to be a Rebel. Read about it inside.

Todd Cox, a 6-2, 220-pound linebacker with 4.45 speed, has waited a long time to get his college career going.

Two years, to be exact, but now that is water under the bridge. The Harding Academy grad, after a one-semester stint at Pearl River CC where he redshirted and a year and a half at NWCC where he simply attended classes, will be coming to Ole Miss in June, he told us in an interview this afternoon.

"I'll be at Ole Miss in June after I graduate from Northwest in May," said Cox, a national recruit two years ago. "I signed with Tennessee out of high school but I didn't have my academics in order so I went the JUCO route. Since then, I have committed twice to Ole Miss and am excited about finally getting my major college career going."

Cox, who was All-State in Tennessee in high school and was a Preseason All-America, will have three years to play at Ole Miss.

"I want to get back on the field and am excited about my opportunities at Ole Miss. I know they need help at linebacker and I will do everything I can to provide that help," he said.

When asked his strengths and weaknesses, Cox feels his athletic ability is his ally and knocking the rust off from having sat out for a while is his immediate roadblock.

"I'm a good hitter and I have good speed. I like contact and the last time I ran a 40, I ran in 4.45," Cox continued. "As far as what I have to do to make an impact, I feel all I need is to get used to the speed of the college game and learn the system and techniques the coaches are teaching."

Todd said he learned his lesson about academic eligibility the first time around.

"I stay on top of my books now. I met with all my teachers today, in fact, and am good to go with all my courses and all my requirements," he closed.

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