Vanderbilt offer excites wide receiver
"Coach Gattis told me I was a playmaker with the speed and ability to take it the distance," said James Cox. "He said they have some good receivers on the team, but they go down too easy. He liked my second effort and yards after the catch.
"I have a couple of friends, Zac Stacy and Jacquese Kirk, on the team. They told me how good of a school it is. They're in the SEC, plus you're getting a heck of an education. Any degree with Vanderbilt on it you're almost guaranteed a good job after college."
Cox did an excellent job last season stepping up his game after the Jaguars' star running back, Bo Scarborough, went down with a mid-season injury. Cox had three catches for three touchdowns for 169 yards in the game with Paul W. Bryant the week after the team lost Scarborough with former Alabama Offensive Coordinator Jim McElwain in attendance.
"We run a two back set," Cox said. "We run the ball a lot, so I improved most on my blocking last season. I told the coach before the season that I don't have to get the ball 10 times a game. I take pride in my blocking. It felt great to help the team without even touching the ball."
Cox had 38 catches for 658 yards and eight touchdowns for a 10-2 Jaguar team in 2011. He'd like to have a college decision made by the end of summer to help his team win a 6A title as a senior.
"I like Arkansas, Mississippi State, and Vanderbilt," said Cox, "but I'm also looking at Purdue and Southern Miss.
My good friend D'Arthur Cowen is at Arkansas. They're a big university, so the coaching situation isn't a big factor for me. I think they'll get it straight.
"I've been to Mississippi State and enjoyed the visit. My cousin, Malcolm Johnson, is on the team. I'd probably put [Mississippi State] on top because they're recruiting me the hardest. They were the first to offer me, and it's not too far from home.
"I want to take visits over the summer so I can better put myself there visually. If I'm going to be somewhere the next four to five years of my life I want to physically see it and ask myself, 'Can you see yourself living here?'. I love to play football, so if I find the right coaches and love the city, that's where I'll be."
Cox says Northridge had an eventful spring practice with coaches from Clemson, Ole Miss, UAB, Alabama, Auburn, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State dropping in. Follow @VandyManiacom
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