Justin Cox has become the third West Point High School product to choose Mississippi State in the last two years.
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete told The SDN Bulldog Blog he called head coach Dan Mullen to pledge his verbal commitment Saturday afternoon after attending MSU’s Big Dawg Football Camp Friday on the Starkville campus.
“We got a good recruiting class coming in right now and I just knew I wanted to be a part of it so we can turn around Mississippi State,” Cox said Saturday evening
Cox also had offers from Louisiana Tech and Arkansas State and also drew letters and phone calls from Southern Miss and Ole Miss. If he maintains his commitment and signs in February, the quarterback that led the Green Wave to the MHSA Class 5A state championship this past season will be joining a pair of teammates of that team in defensive lineman Curtis Virges and wide receiver Michael Carr.
Cox will not be able to sign with MSU until Feb. 2 but told The SDN Bulldog Blog his verbal pledge is “solid and I’m not changing my mind”.
As the West Point quarterback last year, Cox threw for 1,248 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions while also racking up 622 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on the ground.
Cox told The SDN Bulldog Blog that the MSU coaching staff have his future college position on the field likely to be cornerback, which he said Saturday he has experience playing during his sophomore year of high school.
“I feel like cornerback is a good position for me and I enjoyed playing it before,” Cox said. “I just want to make plays and so it’ll help I’m not totally new to that position.”
Fans will also get an opportunity to watch Cox perform at Davis-Wade Stadium in the New Hope High School Football Jamboree August 14 when he and his Green Wave teammates are matched up with Itawamba AHS at 5 p.m.
“It feels good to get this out of the way and now I’ll just concentrate on my senior year grades and trying to win another state championship,” Cox said.
Mississippi State received seven commitments this weekend bringing their total to 14 for the 2011 recruiting class. The Bulldogs picked up verbals from the following three-star players (bios courtesy of Bulldawg Junction):
Scout.com currently has Mississippi State’s 2011 commitment class ranked 17th in the country and fifth in the Southeastern Conference just ahead of Ole Miss, Auburn and Arkansas.
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