Plenty of Swag

With his solid performance at Jeannette (Pa.) HS and his 7-on-7 team's impressive winning streak over the past month, safety Demetrious Cox is becoming one of the best defensive backs on the East Coast.

MADISON - With a 7-on-7 team name called the Western PA Swag, there's no doubt that Jeannette (Pa.) safety Demetrious Cox and his teammates are certainly showing their confidence before they take the field.

Over the last month, Cox and his teammates back up that confidence with success.

The PA Swag has competed in the Badger Sports New Level Athletics 7-on-7 in Pittsburgh, visited Akron, Eastern Michigan and Toledo, the latter event having some of the top teams from Michigan and Ohio. Over the last month, Cox's team hasn't lost a 7-on-7 competition.

"We are a really competitive group," Cox said. "We have that drive to win that when we come together, we don't want to lose. We really like playing with each other and it shows."

Not only is Cox a fluid athlete in a team setting, he's also impressive on his own merits. One of the defensive standouts of the Nike Football Training Camp at Penn State, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete, rated a three-star athlete and the No.26 safety in the country by, had around 54 tackles, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

"I am just competing out there," Cox said. "I play to win, and don't try to go out there and stand out. I just put in my hard work and play my best."

Cox has always been a hard working, aggressive player – he was a black belt in karate when he was six years old – and his film showcases, at least to the college coaching staff, that those characteristics are worth going after.

Cox holds BCS offers from Arizona State, Boston College, Connecticut, Duke, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and West Virginia. Cox says that during the spring recruiting process, he had a lot of visitors, but that no schools stood out to him. One school that is recruiting Cox hard, however, is recruiting coordinator Joe Rudolph and the University of Wisconsin.

"They are recruiting me real hard," said Cox said. "They email me a lot and send me letters a lot. Me and Coach Rudolph have a real good relationship because we talk a lot. I try to get in touch with him as much as I can. They told me that I was the top safety on their board, but you never know though."

Cox doesn't plan to commit until after taking some official visit during the season, and plans to do 7-on-7 events and unofficial visits throughout the summer. The short-term goal is to make a top 10 and depending on how the season goes, narrow the list down further.

"I'm just going to take this summer for what it is and go with the flow," Cox said.

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