Jeffersonville (Ga.) Twiggs County running back JoJo Cox will be one of the most exciting plyers in the Peach State this season, but don’t expect his name to be popping up on many recruiting boards across the country.
Recruitniks will have to wait another year for that.
Cox (5-10, 225, 4.4) rushed for more than 1,600 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore, and is in the process of establishing himself as an elite prospect for the Class of 2006.
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“He’s a kid who has the world at his hands,” Twiggs County coach Dexter Copeland said. “At this point, if he stays on the path and keeps working hard, I can see him doing whatever he wants to do.
“We’re talking about a kid who’s only a sophomore right now, and I dare say he’s almost as good as anybody you’ll find in the state. He’s a big, powerful kid at 5-10, 225. He’s been timed in the 4.3s. He benches about 285, squats 535 and power cleans 300. He’s a monster in the weight room. When people come to see us, they can’t believe he’s just a sophomore.”
Cox helped lead the Cobras to a 10-2 record and the No. 10 ranking in Class A last season. He highlighted his season with a 253-yard, three-touchdown game against Treutlen and a 248-yard, five-touchdown performance against Jenkins County.
He played fullback as a sophomore, teaming with Octavious “Bimp” Holston to form one of Georgia’s most productive backfields.
“He plays fullback for us in our Wing-T,” Copeland said, "but he’s got big-time tailback speed. That’s where he’ll be at the next level.
“He has great size, speed, strength, balance, vision, toughness… Everything a coach could say about a running back, he can flat do it.”
For additional evidence of Cox's toughness, he doubles as the Cobras' nose tackle on defense.
"He's really physical and aggressive," Copeland said. "A real tough character."
Cox is the cousin of former Georgia Tech standout Tony Hollings, now a running back with the Houston Texans. The Yellow Jackets are one of a few schools already showing interest in Cox, and they're considered to be high on his list as well.
Copeland said Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee are also sending letters and have responded favorably to his sophomore film.
Cox plans to camp at Georgia Tech and Auburn this summer.