- Jamie Newberg, RecruitingNation
Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga.) is a versatile athlete from the Peach State. Some teams like him on offense, others like him on defense but the 5-foot-10, 183-pound recruit prefers the football in his hands. At Dacula he plays running back, receiver and returns punts and kicks.
“I may play some defense this season,” Cox said. “I will play corner or safety. But most schools like me as a running back or receiver. It doesn’t matter to me I just want to play as a freshman. I just like making plays. At running back I have good vision. I can think on the run. It comes naturally. I have good instincts. I am a playmaker.
“At receiver, I have the tools of a running back. I can catch and am very elusive with the ball. Most linebackers can’t cover me and I can get yards after the catch.”
Cox doesn’t have any scholarship offers but teams like Clemson, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Western Kentucky, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt and Tennessee are all showing strong interest.
“I have been to junior days at Georgia Tech, Auburn and Clemson,” Cox said. “I was at Georgia Tech this weekend. It was good. I like the academics and they have a great internship program in case you don’t go to the league. They will get you a job. I like the coaches and program. They like me as an ‘A’ back.
“I like the fact that Clemson is not too far and in the middle of nowhere. I love the campus. Clemson is like its own town. They are recruiting me as a running back.
“Auburn is the one school that likes me as a cornerback. I really like the coaches there. Coach [Brian] Van Gorder and [Willie] Martinez are really good guys who seem to really know what they are talking about.”
Cox is planning on visiting Western Kentucky this weekend, Georgia on March 24 and North Carolina on April 14.
Last season as a junior Cox rushed the ball 110 times for 783 yards and 12 touchdowns and had 36 receptions for 503 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned two punts for scores and had 1,653 all-purpose yards.