September 26, 2010

Cox gets early look at Buckeyes

Ohio State dismantled Eastern Michigan, 73-20, on Saturday to improve to 4-0 overall this season. The win had a positive effect on many of the Buckeyes' recruiting visitors including Bryan Cox Jr., a 6-foot-3, 220-pound defensive end from Avon, Ohio.

Cox, who witnessed his first college game on Saturday, was impressed with what he saw on and off the field in Columbus.

"It was good," Cox said. "The atmosphere was intense. We had a lot of fun. It was crazy, packed, loud and cramped. It was like Friday nights times 30."

During the game, Cox paid particular attention to the Buckeyes' defense.

"It was kind of conservative," he said. "They (played) pretty downhill and physical."

The visit to Ohio Stadium gave Cox the opportunity to talk to OSU head coach Jim Tressel and assistant coach Taver Johnson.

"They just asked basic questions like how the season is going and they said they are watching me," he said.

Already Cox, the son of former NFL linebacker and current Cleveland Browns assistant coach Bryan Cox, Sr., has picked up a verbal offer from North Carolina and interest from several other major college programs.

"I've got game invites from Notre Dame, Oregon, Texas A&M, Cal, North Carolina and LSU," he said. "I really like OSU but I am interested in LSU and I want to check out some of those SEC schools."

Cox, part of a loaded roster at Avon High School, has helped the Eagles remain perfect this season. He has 18 tackles, three batted down passes and 2 sacks in Avon's 4-0 start.

As a unit, the Avon defense has pitched two shutouts and allows just over a touchdown per game.

"I feel like we are on the right path to make a good run in the playoffs and we should clinch the conference championship," Cox said.

Individually, Cox said he has played well but he knows he missed on some opportunities to take down the opposing quarterback.

"I think I have played OK, but I feel that I should have more sacks," he said.

Cox plans to make several more college visits this fall.



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