After the departure of Hubert Anyiam and Jermaine Love, the North Garland (Texas) High School halls still have plenty of talent over the next few years.
The 5-foot-11, 192-pound C.J. Cox has experience at both running back and safety. Cox, who's heard from Oklahoma State about a future offer, says that hearing already about an offer was a big deal.
"They sent me a letter in the mail about their interest in me," Cox said. "I've got to talk to the coach during the spring to finalize the official offer. That's when I'll take my SAT. Having a school coming to me first was a big deal."
It's another school out-of-state that is Cox's early favorite.
"My favorite is Oklahoma," Cox said. "I've liked them since I was younger. I get a lot of mail from them and I went to their junior day a few weeks ago. I talked with coach Brent Venables. They want to see my highlight tape so he and the head coach can evaluate more."
Louisville and Texas A&M are also showing interest in Cox. Each school recruiting him likes his abilities on defense at the safety position.
"I like to play closer to the line and try to stop the run," Cox said. "I'm mainly trying to be a run-support guy. I drop back into coverage too though."
After 2007 prospects Anyiam and Love put pen to paper on their letters-of-intent, they didn't hesitate giving Cox some pieces of advice about recruiting.
"They just told me to not let recruiting go to your head," Cox said. "They just said to keep on doing what you do. They told me the offers will come and stuff like that.
"Hubert is trying to get me to his school, but Jermaine hasn't talked about it."
There aren't any visits planned except for a stop at Texas A&M on March 3.