SMU Signing Day Profile: Turner Coxe

PonyStampede's breakdown of Highland Park defensive lineman and SMU signee Turner Coxe.

Video Breakdown DL Turner Coxe

SENIOR YEAR STATS: 74 tackles, 15.0 TFL, 6.0 sacks. Coxe also won a 5A-Division I Texas state championship in December and was the title game's Defensive MVP in Highland Park’s 16-7 win vs. Temple on Dec. 17.

COMMITTED TO SMU OVER: Army, Air Force, Illinois State, Jacksonville and Valparaiso. Committed to SMU on Jan. 4, 2017.

SIDE NOTE: Coxe is an SMU legacy. His mom and grandfather are SMU graduates. He also has an uncle and two aunts that went to SMU.

AUDIBLE: “I’m excited because of all the hard work that’s paid off. But now we have to start working hard and working towards the goal of next fall.”

How Coxe fits

Coxe played all over the defensive front for Highland Park, but mainly as a technique in an even-man front. He played a little at nose tackle and end in odd-man fronts too. At SMU, he’s probably a technique, but he’s versatile enough to play elsewhere especially in situations where SMU goes with a three-man front.

What Coxe brings

The 6-foot-2 Coxe is quick enough to beat linemen across their faces and uses his hands well to separate from blocks. He’s quick enough to shoot gaps and get into the backfield before a blocker could engage him and can get low with his pads to sneak through gaps. Coxe doesn’t possess top-end speed for a lineman and doesn’t have a huge variety of pass-rush moves, but he’s a high-motor player who pursues and runs down a lot of plays from behind.

What to expect freshman year

SMU played 12 defensive linemen last season, and while four are departed, SMU redshirted two defensive linemen from the 2016 class. The group should have some good depth again next year, so it’s not urgent for Coxe to rush to play a lot of snaps. He could benefit from a redshirt year that would allow him to get stronger and add to his frame.

Career expectations for Coxe

Coxe might wait a year before he breaks into the rotation along the defensive line. With more strength and the same quickness he showed in high school, he should be rotational tackle at worst before his career is done. It won’t be a total surprise if he’s a starter at some point in his career. 

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