Nike camp update - Rodney Cox Jr.

A couple of years ago, Washington was recruiting a defensive back by the name of Mike Davis, Jr. out of Cathedral High School in Los Angeles. After receiving a soft verbal, the Dawgs lost Davis to ASU. Now another junior from Cathedral, Rodney Cox, Jr., is interested in the Dawgs. How interested? Well, there are some family ties and friendships that bind the Cox family with Montlake.

The 6-0, 185-pound athlete is just that - an athlete. "I play defensive back, safety, receiver and kick returner," Cox told TheInsiders. "I even snap on punts. I'm good at it.

"Coaches think I should play corner because of my intensity and cover skills. I bring a little talking to my game too, but I back it up. I'm not afraid to hit."

Cox and his family made the trek from Los Angeles to Palo Alto to take part in the NoCal Nike camp. He ran a 4.5 40, 4.4 shuttle and jumped 29 inches in the vertical jump. He also has a 205-pound bench and a 375-pound squat to his credit.

"Well the USC camp came up so fast that I didn't really have time to prepare, but with the Stanford camp I had a whole month to work out and prepare," Rodney said about his absence last month from the SoCal Nike camp. "And I also came up with a couple of other players from Cathedral, so that helped, too.

"I think I did well, but there's always room for improvement. Nobody's perfect. All I need right now is to work on the little things. I think I showed my intensity. They only got one pass on me, a little 5-yard pop route. That was it."

Rodney received some beneficial instruction, especially with regards to speed, agility and quickness that he said he'll use. "I can do the drills at home," he said. "And I learned some things on how to run faster that I can take back to my teammates, ways to get their times down.

"I also got a chance to meet other players, from Taft, Las Vegas, even a guy that was committed to Michigan (Morgan Trent) and a lot of others. It was a chance to meet people that you could become lifelong friends with. I had a really good time at the camp."

Speaking of Trent, Cox doesn't have any current scholarship offers, but isn't worried. "I'm not concerned at all about that," he said. "I'm going step by step. I want to make sure my family is 100 percent behind my decision. I'm looking for a good environment and a good football program."

"When schools first started sending letters, it was kind of big. Then in May coaches come around to talk to my coaches. And then when they see you at a Nike camp, it's like an honor. You see them writing things down and you wonder, they could be writing something about me!"

Interest has been coming mostly from Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Boston College, USC and UCLA. Rodney went to USC's Junior Day with his father, a former UW linebacker. "We went to practice and then to Heritage Hall and then lunch," Cox said. "Then they broke us up into groups of recruits and parents and then went on a kind of a campus tour. It was kind of like an unofficial visit."

Rodney was also invited to Junior Days at Illinois and Boston College. "I was also invited to an Oregon function and also one at Stanford the day before the Nike camp but I couldn't make it," he said.

Now that the NoCal Nike camp is complete, Cox has one more camp he'll attend - Washington's. "It's the only one I'm going to this summer," he said. "Jelani Harrison is a good family friend and he's always had good things to say about Washington. And they are really showing a lot of interest in me."

Even though Rodney is taking his time with the recruiting process, it's in the back of his mind. "My parents really want me to stay in California, but I think I'm ready to see some new environments. I think I want to go to school outside California."

"I'd say Washington is my leader. To be honest, I think I bleed purple. I don't know what it is about Washington, but there's always something I've liked about them."

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