Quarterback Joe Cox (6-1, 195, 4.65) from Charlotte (N.C.) Independence impressed many when attended the NIKE Camp held in Atlanta. After a stellar performance at the camp, Cox saw his stock heat up. He has received one offer since then and the eyes of two western schools.
Those two western schools interested in Cox are UCLA and Stanford. The school that has offered is Duke. There is a good reason that Duke has offered him. His former high school coach is now on the Blue Devil staff.
As a junior, Cox completed 237 passes out of 373 attempts for a completion average of 64%. He threw for 3,980 yards and an outstanding 43 touchdown passes. Out of his 373 attempts he only threw 11 interceptions.
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Cox was selected Student Sports Junior All-American, all-state, all-area, all-county and all-conference for showing in 2003.
The phone at the Cox household has been ringing constantly since he showcased his talents at the NIKE Camp. A sampling of the schools that have called include, Virginia, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Georgia, Vanderbilt, Stanford and UCLA.
The talented signal-caller from Charlotte does have an interest in both West Coast schools that have contacted him.
From UCLA running backs coach Eric Bieniemy has called him and has sent letters. Stanford has been represented by tight ends coach George McDonald.
Obviously with UCLA and Stanford recruiting him, Cox has the goods in the classroom. He carries a 4.5 on a weighted scale and has scored a 1140 SAT.
The scouting report on Cox is he has live arm and knows where to throw the ball. He has excellent field vision and because of his intelligence, he has a good grasp for reading defenses.
What is Cox looking for in a school?
“The coaches involvement with the players,” Cox said. “I think it is important that the players and the coaches have a good relationship.”
What does Cox like about UCLA and Stanford?
“I like the coaches that I have talked to,” Cox said. “I know that both UCLA and Stanford have real strong programs.”
“The offense that we run is very similar to the West Coast offense that both schools run,” Cox said. “That would make the transition to college much easier.”
“I have a lot of interest in finding more about both schools.”