May 13, 2009

Cox ready to get on the field

One of the highest-rated recruits signed by Mississippi State this year was four-star defensive end Fletcher Cox.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder from Yazoo City, Miss., kept his pledge to the Bulldogs throughout constant rumors swirling and even a coaching change. Now that the ink has long since dried on his national letter of intent, Cox is preparing himself to come in and compete right away for a spot on the depth chart as a freshman.

Cox has discussed the possibility of playing early on with MSU head coach Dan Mullen who has encouraged him to enroll in the summer to better his chances of getting on the field.

"He told me that I have the talent," Cox said. "He wants me to report in June so I can get my body prepared to play. I really need to get stronger and get my body fit for playing in the SEC."

Cox is getting to know his future coach better and better over the last few months after Mullen took over the helm of the Bulldogs program after the resignation of Sylvester Croom in late November.

Since that time Mullen has left a good impression on the former Dandy Dozen selection.

"He's real serious about the game of football," Cox said. "But it's not only the game of football but also about your academics. He wants you to graduate and get your degree. He pays attention to everything. He's real focused on everything and not just only football."

Despite spending time at both basketball and track this semester, Cox also concentrated on his school work and earned a passing score on both his GPA and ACT and is fully qualified to enroll at State following his high school graduation.

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