Bryan Cox Jr.'s locker sits close to his head football coach's office. This makes it easy to dip in there to grab his recruiting letters and other messages.
With the way that the son of the former NFL standout by the same name is gaining the attention of college scouts, Cox Jr. couldn't have asked for a better spot to store his stuff.
On Tuesday, members of the Louisville staff were in talking with Avon Coach Mike Elder when Cox Jr. slipped into the office. He learned he had new scholarship offers from Iowa and Syracuse.
"I'm letting everything come to me," Cox Jr. said in regards to recruiting. "I've gone to camps and worked out and now colleges are coming to me. I'm going to keep taking it all in until a make a decision."
Bryan Cox Sr., who played at Western Illinois before enjoying a 12-year NFL career, recently took a coaching position with the Miami Dolphins, the team that selected him in the fifth round of the 1991 draft. After he completes his junior season at Avon, Cox. Jr. will moved to South Florida and attend Saint Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale.
"It sucks, but there's nothing I can do about it," Cox Jr. said of leaving teammates and friends at Avon.
Cox Jr. said that Miami and North Carolina stand out to him in the recruiting process to this point. However, the 6-foot-2 1/2, 238-pound, defensive end/linebacker still is learning about schools.
"I haven't even talked to anyone from Iowa yet," he said. "Me and my coach were going to call them back (Tuesday), but we didn't get to it. I'd like to get to know them better. I have heard that they have the best strength and conditioning coach (Chris Doyle) in the country."
Cox Jr. said that he's taking it slow with recruiting. He plans on using all five of his official visits allowed by NCAA rules and won't announce for a school until signing day.
"I went to a lot of camps last summer, but I'm not going to do that this year," Cox Jr. said. "When I get to Florida, I want to spend time getting to know my new teammates and building chemistry. I also have to work on winning a spot."
Cox Jr. believes he has a frame that will allow him to grow into a defensive end in a 4-3 scheme. That might remove him from part of the large shadow cast over him by his famous father, who played linebacker.
"I would say it's good," Cox Jr. said of being the son of a former three-time NFL all-pro. "People expect me to supersede and be better than him. I like that challenge."
Cox Sr. served as a defensive line coach for the New York Jets ('06-08) and the Cleveland Browns ('09). The Dolphins hired him as their pass rush coach in February.
"He's been so busy, he hasn't had a lot of time to work with me on football," Cox Jr. said. "I've gotten to this point on ability. He said he's going to start to work with me this summer, though."
Iowa has a good relationship with Avon and Aquinas. The Hawkeyes are bringing in Aquinas quarterback Jake Rudock in the '11 Class.
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