Matt Visinsky

Highland Park defensive lineman Turner Coxe commits to SMU!

SMU picked up a commitment from Highland Park defensive end Turner Coxe and he spoke with Pony Stampede about the decision.

After winning a state championship in December with Highland Park, defensive end Turner Coxe got more good news when SMU extended an offer last week and that was when he decided to commit to making the short trip over to SMU for college.

"Obviously living three minutes away. When I was younger, I went to a lot of games and looking down at that field dreaming about playing there was just awesome to get an opportunity," Coxe said. "Then the academics there and talking with the coaches that are great guys."

It only took three or four days for Coxe decide to commit, but he's been over to SMU a couple times before this decision.

"I went to one of their camps this summer and talked with coach Wyatt. We won the state championship and then three or four days later, I called coach Morris and we just had a basic conversation telling me that they were interested," Coxe said. "Had a conversation with him with my parents and him and then received and offer and committed a few days later."

SMU sees Coxe as a three-technique and potentially growing into a true defensive tackle.

"My last year of high school we had a few calls that had me in a three-technique so I'm very comfortable doing that," Coxe said. "I think I have great quickness and ability to use my hands and explode and get off the block," the 6-2, 260-pound lineman said.

Army, Air Force, Lamar, Jacksonville and Valpariso had offered Coxe. He'll take his SMU official visit on the last weekend of January.

"I'm done with recruiting. I'm 100 percent SMU and looking forward to getting on campus this summer," Coxe said. "I think I need to get bigger obviously and stronger and develop my speed and technique that I can keep moving my feet on every play."

Coxe would be remiss if he did touch on what it was like to go out a state champion.

"2005 was the last time we had it with Matthew Stafford and a few of us remember going to that parade. To do it our senior year was an awesome experience."

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