There was only one recruit at Oklahoma’s spring football practice on Thursday, but that was OK with linebacker Dakota Cox (Draper, Utah/Juan Diego Catholic).
OU is the first of several trips Cox is taking in the upcoming days in the midlands region, but it’s going to be tough to top his visit with the Sooners.
“I don’t even have a word for it. The campus and facilities -- it was beautiful. It was breathtaking,” Cox said. “It is definitely a place where I can see myself.”
Cox is another defensive prospect with ties to first-year linebacker coach Tim Kish. Cox said Kish recruited him when Kish was coaching at Arizona. The Sooners started sending Cox letters and invited him to a spring practice.
When Cox arrived, he instantly reconnected with Kish. Cox said the coach remembered who he was, and it was a great time.
Cox, 6-foot and 220 pounds, didn’t leave OU with an offer but that might have been the only disappointment of the trip.
“He said they want to evaluate my film more, and I understand that,” Cox said. “He wants to see if I keep progressing. He also said they want me to camp here in the summer so that is something I’m definitely going to do.”
On Thursday, Cox had an opportunity to meet all of the OU coaches but there was one he had no idea he was going to see. Legendary Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer was at practice and it was a star struck moment for Cox.
“I was looking around, and I was like, ‘Is that Barry Switzer?’ I’m standing face-to-face with a college football legend,” Cox said. “I had no idea what to say, but it was good to talk to him about football and about OU.”
Cox is still searching for his first offer, but he’s not letting that get him down. He attended junior days at Utah and Stanford and participated in the NIKE Football Training Camp event in Los Angeles last weekend.
Cox said he learned a lot about himself last weekend. He knows he can compete with the best, and he also knows there is a lot he can do to improve.
And where junior days can see recruits get lost in the shuffle, that certainly wasn’t the case for Cox at OU.
“I had a lot of one-on-one time with the coaches. I was able to get a lot of questions answered. I feel really good about things,” Cox said. “The practice really impressed me.
“You can see the coaches really know what they’re doing. The pace was fast, and it was crisp the entire time. It was something to see.
OU was the first leg of a journey that will include stops at Tulsa’s spring game Saturday and a trip to SMU on Monday.