At 6-6, 210-pounds, Cox is somewhat of a physical specimen, possessing great arm strength as well as great running ability. As a senior at Harnett Central High School in Angier, N.C., Cox completed 53-percent of his passes for 1,471 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also racked up superb numbers on the ground, running for 2,370 yards and 32 scores.
There had been some speculation that because of his athleticism, Cox might be a wide receiver in college. Is that the case?
"No, I'm going to be playing quarterback," said Cox, who is rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com. "They're probably going to have me redshirt my first year, which is okay with me. I don't know exactly what the depth chart is going to look like after that, but I'm going to have a chance to play."
Before committing to East Carolina, Cox received a lot of attention from South Carolina and NC State. There was some question as to whether he would qualify for the fall, but Cox said those issues have been taken care of and his grades are fine.
Cox is able to do a lot of things on the field, and that is evident when he talks about his game.
"I'm able to throw a really nice deep ball," he said. "I can put a lot of pressure on the defense because of that. I'm also really good at reading coverages and finding the right place to go with the ball. I can run, but I'm confident as a passer too."
Running backs coach Junior Smith was responsible for luring Cox to Greenville.