Now that AJ won't be using a scholarship, offer COX a full ride, Red Shirt him, then see what kind of weight he puts on in a year, and knowledge of game, with his arm and athleticism who knows how good he can be!!!!!
I thought the his first sport is basketball?
Jake's only offer was us. Rothlesburger didn't start on his HS team until he was a senior. I know this. If he is on our team. We will have at least one quarterback who can hit the side of a barn.
The multi-year Michigan starter, Tom Brady. Thats who Cox reminded me of when i watched the championship game replay. Dude was completely in charge, confident. Shredded a very good defense and made it look easy.
A former Coach on Bustle's staff once shared with me...."Every now and then you take one or two local player and develop them even if he doesn't necessarily want that kid....even if it may take 3 years to get a return on the investment from the athlete.
He also shared good reasons to do so.
1. He said if this particular player goes on and has a great career at ULM,Tulane or McNeese....that would be an indictment on our coaching staff.
2. It keeps the doors open in the local high schools and continues to foster good relationships with local coaches.
3. It keeps busts in the seats as compared to a kid from another state.
After 3 years if it doesn't work out, cut the kid and the university was not at a total loss.
This is where HUD may have missed in his first two years. I know he's a Mississippi guy, but we let a lot of local kids go because of his unwillingness to develop players.
He was talking about Caleb Rubin. The running back from Lafayette High. He was a smaller back, but not a back that fit UL's profile at the time. The kid had a great career at Lafayette High and the staff was on the fence about bringing him in, but as stated before if he went on and had a great career at ULM, Tulane or McNeesee it would be egg on the face of the coaching staff. So they took him and it all worked out. I must give credit to Bustle staff to have the foresight to say let's see what the kid gives us in three to four years. There's nothing wrong with doing this for a local kid. If they were doing this for a kid from Houston or Mississippi I would question it.
I think there is more upside to giving Cox a scholarship as compared to not giving him a scholarship.
Think about a kid like Quinten Lawrence. That kid killed it at McNeese. No one can tell me that kid would not have made the receiver rotation at UL.
Some call it "Seeing the forest in the in spite of the trees"
I'd take both him and Griffin Hebert. But that's just me. I'd look for Cox to be the guy as a R-Jr.