East Mississippi Community College's Justin Cox noted the past several months he would not concentrate on recruiting until his season ended. Well, the former West Point (Miss.) High School standout did just that Sunday and committed to Mississippi State.
2013 prospect Justin Cox of EMCC becomes MSU's latest commit
Cox saw his junior college career end Saturday in the MACJC playoffs and then Sunday night he became MSU's 20th commitment for 2013.
"I called the (MSU) coaches around 6:30 and decided I wanted to go ahead and commit," said the 6-foot-2 and 185-pound defensive back. "I want to get it over with and I knew where I wanted to be and knew what place I wanted to be at. It's a good choice and I am glad to know I will be a Bulldog."
Cox originally signed with MSU in the Class of 2011 but went the juco route to improve his academics. He is expected to graduate in December and be on MSU's campus in January and participate in spring practice.
Cox is rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports with a rating of 90 and chose MSU over offers from Alabama, Georgia, Arkansas, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State among others.
"It was great to talk with Coach (Dan) Mullen and Coach (Tony) Hughes and tell them I was committing," said Cox, a preseason 2012 NJCAA All-American. "They said they would have a smile on their face the rest of the night and that I made them very happy.
"I just felt they need me and that's where I need to be. I know they have some guys in the secondary leaving. So I feel I can go in there, step it up and be ready to hit the ground running in spring practice to earn a spot."
Last year as a freshman at EMCC, Cox had 67 tackles with five interceptions and nine PBUs. This year he was even more productive with six interceptions, 10 PBUs, four tackles for loss and 49 tackles.
Having played cornerback and safety at EMCC, Cox said he plans to line up at corner for the Bulldogs.
"The (MSU) coaches said they want me as a cornerback but it doesn't matter to me," said Cox. "Wherever they need me is where I will ball out. I played safety this year and I started out at cornerback last year. I am comfortable at either spot and I can adjust to either position they need me to play."
With his decision now behind him and the early signing period for junior college players arriving next month, Cox said his lone official visit will be to see the Bulldogs. From now until then he plans to try to bring an EMCC teammate with him to he next level.
"I plan on officially visiting Mississippi State on December 7th," said Cox. "I plan on just visiting State. Now that I have decided I am going to work on others and try to recruit guys like (2013 defensive end prospect) Za'Darius (Smith) and get him to Mississippi State, too."