Cox Instrumental in Victory

ANGIER – Thursday night Rodney Cox proved why he is one of North Carolina's top junior recruits during Harnett Central's 42-17 victory over Smithfield-Selma in which he accounted for four touchdowns and 220 yards.

"I did good, but I could have done better," said Cox. "Our offensive line did a great job blocking."

Cox, a 6-foot-5, 210-pound dual threat quarterback who owns a 4.62-forty time, completed 7-of-14 passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns, while rushing for 146 yards on 17 carries. He also picked off a pass late in the second quarter when his coaching staff substituted him in at safety on a fourth-and-long, facing a four-wide receiver set.

"I do whatever my coaches want me to do," said Cox.

His vitals alone have garnered attention from college recruiters, while his continued on-field success keeps them interested.

"I'm receiving interest from all the ACC schools and some D2 schools," said Cox. "N.C. State, UNC, and Virginia Tech are recruiting me the most. I did get a letter from Coach Pete Carroll [of Southern Cal] – that was an honor."

A physical specimen, Cox could play any number of positions at the collegiate level. Although schools haven't discounted quarterback, many are looking to recruit him as a tight end.

Despite his Signing Day being over 18 months away, Cox is ready to name an early leader.

"I really like N.C. State," said Cox. "I like they way the run their offense and defense."

This Sunday Cox will make his first unofficial campus visit when he attends N.C. State's conference bout with Virginia Tech.

Cox, who has lead Harnett Central to a 3-0 record, has rushed for 437 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. As a sophomore, he totaled 3,036 all-purpose yards and 28 all-purpose touchdowns.

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