Avon CT, RB Mike Cox was a surprise guest of Sam Webb's on Sports Talk 1050 WTKA's Signing Day…
Signing Day Capsule: Mike Cox
Running Back 6'0/205/4.47
Old Farms School (Avon, CT)
NR: **** - Position Rank: 35
His Recruiting Story:
A product of Dorchester, MA, Cox attended Old Farms, an all boys boarding school in Avon, CT. While at Old Farms, Cox participated in track (11.01 100m) and wrestling but it was football where he made his mark.
As a junior, Cox rushed for over 1000 yards, averaging nearly 10 yards per carry and scored 16 touchdowns. It was numbers like those along with his 4.47 forty yard dash, 4.40 shuttle and 36-inch vertical that brought colleges to his door.
He camped at Boston College, Maryland and Connecticut during the summer and drew offers from all three in addition to another from Duke and heavy interest from Penn State. He then headed to Ann Arbor for camp where he did not receive an offer, but impressed enough to be invited back for a visit.
It was on that visit that he was offered by head coach Lloyd Carr and also had a real chance to look at campus and assess the Maize and Blue.
"I like Michigan a lot because, well they're Michigan," he said, "They have a great tradition of winning which plays a big role for me and also are known for their academics. Last year they were ranked in the top three all season and always seem to be right up there. The Big House was huge and while the campus was too big to see all of, I did like what I came across. The staff at Michigan was also great."
At the time of the offer, Cox had said he would like to wait it out until September to decide his destination, but the Wolverine offer was too tempting and Cox committed less than a week after his visit.
As a senior, Cox was injured early in the season and played sparingly throughout. With the coaching change and the switch to a spread offense, there was talk that Cox would decommit, but he reaffirmed his commitment late in the fall.
"I mean, I know he [Rich Rodriguez] did a really good job at West Virginia and had a great offense there, but I didn't watch them play much and don't know how that spread works. It is certainly an offense that worked well there and I have no problem playing in it, so I am definitely still solid in my decision."
This one that seemingly came out of nowhere. With Sam Mcguffie already committed, it seemed the Wolverines would be done at running back. However, Cox and Mcguffie are two different backs. Cox is a bigger back who is more of a slasher. He has enough speed to run outside, but is more of a between the tackles runner who has good patience and vision. He also shares some similarities with former UM back B.J. Askew and could end up being used as a fullback/tailback hybrid similar to what Askew's role was.
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