Bruins Looking At Riverside Twins

Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North teammates, and twin brothers, Maurice and Marquise Cox, have both been hearing from UCLA, with plans to check out the Bruins next week, and the linebacker and cornerback talk about their recruitment...

For a while, it always seemed UCLA had a pair of twins on the roster. The Ball twins, the Webbs and now the Bosworths.

So it's familiar territory that UCLA is recruiting twin brothers from Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North, Marquise Cox, a 5-11, 175-pound corner and Maurice Cox, a 6-0, 235-pound linebacker.

"We just got invited to the Tennessee game, so we're planning to go to that with Lester (White). UCLA and Boise State are recruiting us the hardest," said Maurice.

While neither have a scholarship offer yet, both are confident a strong start to their senior season will produce them.

"I feel like the first couple of games, I can see them really rolling in," said Maurice. "I haven't been one that has gotten much exposure, but I think when people see my play, they will realize it."

Maurice is getting recruited as a linebacker, not safety as he thought he would.

"I've been recruited mainly as a middle 'backer, but some as an outside 'backer. I could play both, but middle 'backers are more a part of the action. I just think at the next level I could play outside and inside," said Maurice.

Marquise, on the other hand, didn't get the size of his brother, so his attention is coming strictly as a cornerback.

"Most schools, they want to see the first three games, but I feel like if I lock down receivers like I know I can, they won't be able to hold out much longer," said Marquise.

Maurice said that the recent transition that has gone on at North could be part of the reason for the slower pace to their recruitment.

"With Coach (Lou) Randall retiring, that played a part in it I think," said Maurice. "But we have a new coach here who is doing really well, and I think it will all work out."

The two each have a top five, with four schools appearing on both, but each has a different fifth school.

"My top five is UCLA, Boise State, UNLV, Oregon and Washington," said Maurice. "UCLA and Boise State are my top two."

Meanwhile, Marquise counters with UCLA, Boise State, Oregon, UNLV and Oregon State, but he also says the Broncos and Bruins lead.

The biggest question they face is: Would the two go their separate ways if necessary?

"It hasn't been a big, big deal, but if we do go together, it's a plus. A lot of schools are looking at us as a package deal," said Maurice.

Marquise echoed those comments.

"I'd rather go as a package deal and I'd like to go play with him," said Marquise. "But if it doesn't happen, then we're not going to sweat it."

Both emphasized that they would like to take official visits before making a decision.

"I would like to go through the process a little more and I want to take some official visits," said Maurice, while Marquise agreed.

Both are in solid shape academically, Maurice holding a 3.0 and scoring a 1240 on the SAT while Marquise has a 3.0 and a 1210 SAT score.

North opens their season against Redlands East Valley, the only team to beat them a year ago.

During his junior season, Maurice had 125 tackles and 12 sacks, team bests, and was the League Defensive MVP, all-CIF and all county. Marquise had 60 tackles with two picks and two forced fumbles, earning all-league and all-CIF honors.

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