The Inland Empire is talent rich when it comes to football talent and three-star linebacker prospect Maurice Cox (6-0, 235, 4.7) from Riverside (Calif.) North is one of the best in the area.
Cox earned all-CIF, all-county, all-league and was League Defensive Player of the Year as a junior after accounting for 125 tackles, 12 sacks, eight tackles and one interception.
Since September 1st, Cox has received phone calls from several schools, but UCLA, Boise State, Fresno State and UNLV are the schools that have been calling on a consistent basis.
Boise State is talking about an official visit. Cox took an unofficial visit to UCLA.
The scouting report on Cox is he has the versatility to inside or outside linebacker and he is being recruited for both. He has a non-stop motor who covers a lot of ground and plays sideline to sideline. He is very aggressive, physical and has great nose for the football."
What is Cox looking for in a college?
"I am looking for a school that has my major," Cox said. "Right now I am thinking along the lines of dentistry or law.
"Football wise it will be how I will stand in the depth chart a year or two from now," Cox said. "I also want to play for a team with a tough schedule and for a team that gets a lot of exposure.
So far for his senior season, Cox and his North teammates are 1-1. They lost to one of the Inland Empire's best programs, Redlands (Calif.) Redlands East Valley 24-17. North failed to score twice from inside the three to seal their fate.
North beat another tough opponent in Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser 17-0 and will play another tough opponent in Orange (Calif.) Lutheran this Friday.
Cox has a twin brother, Marquise Cox who plays corner and is a recruit.
Another thing to like about Cox is he's a solid student who carries a 3.0 GPA and has scored a 1220 SAT.