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Pittsburgh lineman waiting for offer

Devin Cox out of Springdale, Pa. is hoping to earn a D-1 scholarship and, based on his suitors, it might not be long before he gets his first offer.
The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder has received interest from schools including West Virginia, Wisconsin, Syracuse, Akron and North Carolina State (who he thinks is most interested right now) although he'd like to hear from any other schools too.
"I would like to hear from any Division I schools," he said. "I'll go anywhere, I'm just looking to where I fit in the most."
This past season Cox helped Springdale to a 10-2 record as they reached the semifinals. Cox went on to be named honorable mention all-state, first team all-section, All-WPIAL, Valley News Dispatch all-star team and Pittsburgh Tribune Review Fantastic 25.
"I thought the team played very well for losing so many starters," he said. "I expected more from me, but I can't always be happy with myself. I'm most proud of my pulling and reach blocking. I'm also a fairly good drive blocker and I'm proud to say that we've had a 1,000-yard rusher each of the last three years.
"The thing I'm most proud of on defense though was that I took the starting job the first time I got it. I improved on it greatly and I'm going to start both ways next year."
Currently, Cox doesn't have any favorites early in recruiting, but does he have any specific considerations that may factor into deciding on a school?
"Location isn't a big factor, I would go to Hawaii if I have to," he said. "I am pushing myself to go to a bigger school though so I can strive to be the best. I'm looking for a good graduation rate, that is important to me and education comes before athletics of course. Also just a winning tradition would be nice, but that's not on the top of my list though. Finally, how the coaches are, whether they are hungry and is the school concerned with the football team, that's important too."
Would he be looking at Iowa because his brother,Lucas Cox, goes there?
"I've been asked that a lot, but that's not a concern to me," he said. "I've never played in the same game with him, so that hasn't entered my mind, but Iowa has one of the greatest coaching staffs I've ever seen. If anything that would be the number one factor, that would make me look at them."
As for what position he'll play in college, he could go on offense or defense. Does he have a preference?
"I'm not too concerned, I love them both," Cox said. "I'm hearing that some schools are low on defensive lineman and I love defense, but I'll play anything as long as I play."
This spring Cox is planning on attending Akron's junior day and the NIKE camp at Penn State in April. He is also planning to attend the Metro Index camp at Pittsburgh this summer.