C.J. Cox tells why he picked UNLV

The UNLV coaches locked up a commitment from one of their most coveted recruits on Wednesday night when North Garland (Texas) High School RB/DB CJ Cox gave his verbal commitment to play for the Rebels.

The 6-0 200-pound Cox, rated as the No. 46 overall safety in the country by Scout.com and a three-star recruit, said being able to play running back played a major part in his decision to attend UNLV.

"Yes, it made a huge difference that UNLV was recruiting me as a running back," Cox said. "I feel that is my more natural position at the college level. I also really liked the coaches and players at UNLV a lot. I just felt very comfortable on my visit to UNLV"

So what other schools recruiting Cox as a running back?

"I also had offers from Fresno State and Rice as a running back," Cox said. "Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Kansas and Nebraska all offered me as a safety. Kansas seemed like they were getting ready to, as well."

Did some of those schools let Cox know why they were recruiting him as a safety instead of a running back?

"Yes, most of my junior film was at safety and that is how they offered me," Cox said. "But UNLV actually came to one of my Spring practices and saw me carrying the ball. They immediately started talking to me about running back. I just finished my Senior highlight tape and it has a lot more clips of me running the ball because I split time as a running back this season. Those schools won't have a chance to see that film because it is too late. I am going to UNLV."

Have the Rebel coaches talked to Cox about their timetable for when he would see time in the Rebel backfield?

"Yes, they want me to come in and compete right now," Cox said.

Is his decision to attend UNLV solid?

"Yes, it is very solid," Cox said. "I have family in Las Vegas so that city is nothing new to us and my family is very happy. I will be canceling my other official visits so I can get ready to come to UNLV."

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