When numerous colleges are already interested in specific prospects even before their senior season has begun, it is obvious that those young men have what it takes to make things happen at the Division I level.
For instance, Waco (Texas) University High School wide receiver Parrish Cox already has schools taking notice of his special talents. The 6-foot-2, 175 pound speedster is making things happen in high school and schools like Baylor, Purdue, Notre Dame, Texas Tech, Nebraska, Oklahoma, TCU, and others are getting the message.
Just ask University coach Leroy Coleman and he will tell you just how exceptional of an athlete this young man really is.
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"He's one of our top players and does an excellent job at whatever he does on the field," Coleman. "Parrish led the district in touchdowns and interceptions – simply, just a great player who does a great job."
Defensive back and wide receiver are his main positions going into his senior year. His 4.4 second forty-yard dash time helps matters.
"He was our shut down corner over there on defense and then you put him on the other side of the ball, and he is the big play guy that everyone is looking for now," Coleman said about Cox. "We did so many things with him because of what he offers as a player – he is a very talented and versatile athlete."
"You want to get his hands on the ball as often as possible. I see him on the offensive side of the ball in college – that appears to be his first love."
If there is any question to Coleman's eye for talent, his track record at University is pretty good considering players such as former TCU and current NFL running back LaDainian Tomlinson have gone through the halls there in Waco.
As for comparisons between the likes of Tomlinson and future stars like Cox, Coleman says he sees glaring similarities.
"There is no doubt that Parrish is as talented as those guys are, but also he is at a different position on the football field," Coleman said. "Obviously the talent is there and the potential is there, it will all be determined by how hard he wants it."
"He stands out like those former players did when they were here – he is above and beyond everyone else."