Winning is the key for Cox

As Vince Lombardi once said: "Winning isn't everything, it's the only thing". Cerritos C Adam Cox (6-4, 280) hasn't experienced a lot of that during his football career, but he's hoping to see his team's hard work pay off this year with a winning record and to find a four-year program that is an established winner.

"Ever since I started playing, I've never had a winning season and I'm tired of losing," Cox told during a break at the combine this past weekend. "During Pop Warner, at Warren (High School), I've never been on a winning team so this year is all about that and I want to find a four-year school that has a winning tradition because I'm tired of losing."

Cox's prep career was solid, but he didn't get a lot of recruiting attention so he headed to a place he knew and to play for a coach that his father played for.

"My dad played for coach (Frank) Mazzotta at Warren, so I figured I'd keep it in the family," Cox said. "He's been a successful coach everywhere he's been and I just felt very comfortable here with the coaches and with the program."

Cox is very athletic for a pivot-man. He posted a 4.8 forty time and he did 16 reps on the bench at 225 pounds.

"I'm not very strong yet, but my speed and athleticism is what I think sets me apart from some other guys who play my position," Cox said. "My strength is something I'm really working on hard this offseason. My max is at about 325 right now and I'm going for 350 by the start of camp and I think I should be able to get that pretty easily actually."

On the recruiting front, Cox has started to hear from some four-year programs as several have already stopped by Cerritos and mentioned they liked what they saw.

"California stopped by and they seem pretty interested," Cox said. "Wyoming, San Diego State and Kansas State have all come down and watched us.

"They're all just starting to recruit me though so I'm just getting letters and they're telling me and my coaches they're interested right now."

Since Cox was a full-qualifier out of high school, he can leave whenever he wants. He redshirted in 2006 before starting every game in 2007. He plans to sign in December and he'll have two years to play two when he steps on campus.

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