January 10, 2010

Cox is closing in on his decision

With four prospects making their way Friday to West Point for their official visit to Army, this is the time when the recruiting landscape become clearer for both the prospects and coaches.

The quartet of recruits were Joel Cox (OL/DL), Scott Jones (FB/LB), Brandon Roller (FB/LB) and Hayden Tipett (FB/LB).

For Cox, who has been a heavy lean to Army for some time now and who just stepped off the plane, the weekend served as more of confirmation on where he sees himself attending college for the next four years.

"It went great and it was really great experience," shares Cox, who is out of Greenwood (In.) Center Grove High School. "The campus is great and the coaches and players were great.

Cox, who was hosted by defensive tackle Mike Gann, indicated that he the opportunity to spend time with Gann and learn more about the West Point and Army football experience. "It went really well …. He's a really cool guy," Cox confirms. "He really did everything for me and center the weekend around what I wanted to do and answered all my questions.

Coach Joe Ross has been responsible for Cox's recruiting and during his weekend visit, he had a chance to speak with all the coaches. "It was Coach Ross who showed me around and I met with Coach Ellerson today," Cox declared. "He gave me my letter of acceptance and he told how he sees me fitting.

He is very level headed coach and straight with everyone. He feels that despite my size as far as my height goes, … that doesn't matter to him, but it's weather I can play or not and obviously I can play, which is why they brought me up for the visit. He likes about me as a player and likes to recruit as a player is that I can play multiple positions."

So, did Cox commit to Army? "He (Coach Ellerson) encouraged me and others to take a few days to reflect because everyone is on their visit high," Cox shared with GBK.com.


"The academics are unbelievable and the facilities are as good or better than any of the Big Ten. The indoor field is awesome and reminded me of Purdue's and the weight facilities are some of the largest I have seen," shares an informing Cox. "My visits heighten my interest in Army.

Me and Scott Jones were on the same flight to Washington DC which was a layover. We talked for about two hours and we talked about sweet of a deal it was and a great opportunity.

According to Cox, had not Coach Ellerson provided him with the grace period of reflecting on his visit, the 6-foot-2, 275 pounder indicated that he would have probably committed on the spot.

GoBlackKnights.com will continue to stay in touch with Cox as he gets closer to making his decision.

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