TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- At Northridge High School, all of the hype is around 2014 running back Bo Scarbrough, who already has offers from Alabama and Auburn. But his teammate, junior wide receiver James Cox, may be close to seeing his recruitment take off.
Cox already has offers from Mississippi State and Purdue, but he has been receiving a lot of interest from Alabama, Louisville, LSU and Tennessee, among others.
“I don’t know what it takes for these people to pull the trigger,” Northridge head coach Mike Smith said. “I know Alabama’s new offensive coordinator really likes him. If he stays injury-free and has the year that he finished up at the end of last year, there’s going to be a ton of offers. The kid’s dedicated to getting there.”
The Crimson Tide’s new offensive coordinator, Doug Nussmeier, made a point to go visit Cox and Scarbrough when he arrived in Tuscaloosa. The new coach was impressed with what he saw in Cox, and Cox was equally impressed with him.
“He came by here to see me, and we met him,” Cox said. “He’s real cool. He talks some football. He knows what he’s doing, so hopefully, he’ll go in, get the program where it needs to be and win another national championship.”
If it were up to Cox, Alabama would throw on every down, but the 6-foot, 190-pound wide receiver understands what the team’s identity is on offense and what has gotten them two national titles.
“I think they will (pass more), but it’s going to be Alabama football,” Cox said. “They’re going to do what it takes to win like they did in the national championship.”
Although he doesn’t have a Tide offer yet, that’s part of the reason that he’s working to become more physical in the offseason. He appreciates the importance of being able to block from his position.
“I really pride myself in my blocking,” Cox said. “There’s a million receivers who can catch. There’s a million receivers who can run 4.3s, 4.4s, but there aren’t too many of them who know how to work without the ball. That’s the big thing that Julio (Jones) did.
“I really want to get a little bigger, add a little bit of weight, and just be more explosive, I think I had a lot of big plays, but I want to be that threat to take it to the house every time I touch it.”
Cox recently visited Alabama and LSU for their junior days, and he’s trying to schedule a visit to Louisville for the Cardinals’ next junior day.