SE Badger 7v7: Jibril Cox
Posted May 4, 2011

The Wildcats of Meridian are in a bit of a transition this year. The 'Cats will break in a new quarterback and look to replace several standouts on defense. Looking to step forward and lead Meridian will be rising senior Jibril Cox. Cox is expected to line up under center and spend some time on defense at corner. This past weekend, Jibril got to put his cover skills to the test.

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"Things have been going great," said Jibril of his weekend. "I have made some plays and I am just going hard every play.

"I caught an interception and I broke up some passes."

Cox has the benefit of playing for former NFL star Dexter McLeon who also played at Meridian High. Jibril has developed a great relationship with his mentor.

"He is like a second dad to me," said Cox of McLeon. "He helps me with my DB skills like my back pedal. He is the reason I was able to get better."

Meridian graduated several talented players off of one of the state's top defensive units a season ago.

Jibril sees an opportunity for younger players to make an impact in 2011.

"We just have to rebuild," said Cox. "We have good athletes on our team that want to play. We're going to get it back like it was before."

The 6A standout reports that he plans to attend several camps this summer in hopes of elevating his stock as a college prospect.

One of his in state schools has been in touch with him a good bit so far.

"Mississippi State is showing me some interest," said Cox. "I went to Junior day and that went great.

"I learned a lot of stuff about how they do their exercises and about their uniforms.

"Coach Mullen is a good coach. He wants you to do good in the classroom and be a better player and he wants you to be a better man when you leave Mississippi State."

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