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Spartans add another key piece

1/30/2012

Ohio State has been grabbing headlines recently, but Michigan State is closing strong with a little more than 24 hours to go until signing day.

At a live news conference on Pittsburgh station KDKA-TV on Monday evening, four-star safety Demetrious Cox (Jeannette, Pa./Jeannette) committed to Michigan State, giving the Spartans two four-star commitments since Sunday.

Cox chose Michigan State over fellow finalists Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin. He officially cut Notre Dame and Pittsburgh over the weekend.

The Spartans stayed in the fight for Cox after securing the first official visit from him Dec. 16. Cox followed that visit with three January visits, to Penn State (Jan. 13), Ohio State (Jan. 20) and Wisconsin (Jan. 27). The new staffs at Penn State and Ohio State and the full-court press by Wisconsin were not enough to sway Cox from knocking the Spartans from contention despite the official taking place more than a month ago.

The top uncommitted prospect in Pennsylvania, Cox is ranked No. 28 among athletes. The 6-foot, 192-pound senior, who doubled as a quarterback for WPIAL Class AA runner-up Jeannette, will play safety for the Spartans.

With the addition of four-star receiver Monty Madaris on Sunday night, the Spartans are already off to a great head start heading into signing day Wednesday. They are hoping to add three-star Ohio prospects Kyle Dodson and Terrell Jackson on signing day to round out a very solid class.

The Spartans now have 20 commitments, four of which are four-star prospects. Cox is the Spartans’ top prospect on defense, narrowly edging out fellow safety Mark Meyers.