June 10, 2010

Prep quarterback gets glimpse of future at UM camp

Justin Cox has played quarterback in high school.

He's played it well, helping to lead his West Point (Miss.) team to a state championship a year ago.

His future at the college level, however, is on defense, making the camp circuit vitally important. Cox attended Ole Miss' invitation-only elite camp last weekend and made quite an impression.

"It went all right," Cox said. "I think I did all right. I didn't do my best, though."

Ole Miss apparently liked what it saw in Cox, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder who ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash and then posted a 10-foot broad jump and a 35-inch vertical jump. "They want me to come back next month. They've got a nice coaching staff."

Cox said he hasn't played cornerback in a game since his sophomore season at West Point. Despite that, he more than held his own on Saturday and Sunday while competing against some of the top wide receivers from Mississippi and across the Southeast.

"(The Ole Miss coaches) said I had skills," Cox said. "They want me to come back up there and work out."

Cox said he holds offers from Alcorn State, Arkansas State and Louisiana Tech. He will camp at Mississippi State this weekend. The Bulldogs, like Ole Miss, are recruiting Cox as a defensive back.

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