The offensive line class in Arizona looks to be very solid. Only Kenny Lacy from Mt. Pointe has an offer to date but there are several that will get serious looks. After shedding over 50 pounds, Elijah Cox from Glendale Ironwood could be one of those players. We chatted with the big fella to find out more about him.
Scout.com: What were your stats/honors from last season?
Elijah Cox: "The honors I received were all PUSD football team first team, 2nd team all section for division 2 and section 1 and I made the 2nd team all state."
What is your official height and weight?
"I am 6-5. During the season I weighed 330 but I recently joined the wrestling team so I dropped down to 285."
What is your greatest football memory?
"My greatest memory is being able to be a part of the team that gave Deer Valley it's first defeat of the season."
What are your goals for the upcoming season?
"My goals for next season are to become faster, stronger and quicker to be a better linemen."
How are you preparing for the upcoming season? Will you attend any camps this summer?
"Preparing for the upcoming season consists of going to work outs and lifting weights and going to speed camp and of course I will be attending camps and as many camps as I can at that."
What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?
"I've really worked hard to improve my movement on the field in being able to get to the linebackers faster and protecting my QB. I would like to keep improving on my blocking I feel I could be a lot faster."
Who are some of your teammates that people need to watch out for?
"Some teammates people need to look for are senior Matt Lopez. He is an amazing nose guard. He's the player that gives 110%. Also, junior running back Michael Alexander. He's an outstanding running back, he brings our run game to the next level."
Name one teammate you really respect and why?
"One teammate I not only respect but look up to, is Matt Lopez. For a short time we played the same position as nose guard, he showed me a lot and helped me become a better linemen."
What are your goals regarding playing football in college?
"My goals for in playing football in college is to be able to get a good education and the best experience I can from playing."
Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?
"I've gotten letters from Yale and the Air Force but that's as far as it goes. No offers."
Would you consider staying in state to play in college?
"I would consider playing in state, it is a definite option for me."
What would your top 5 college choices be?
"My top 5 colleges would have to be ASU, LSU, South Carolina, Nebraska and Alabama."
Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?
"The best player I've ever played against would have to be Marcus Farria from Centenial because he was the only real challenge I have had the past season in my opinion."
Name one opponent who you really respect and why?
"I really respect Marcus because he didn't give up or let the pressure off. A lot of the smaller guys I go against see me and don't even try."
What other sports do you play?
"I also wrestle and do track, I'm a discus thrower."
What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?
"My best bench max is 325, squat 455, and power clean 265 and the 40 I ran a 5.7."
How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?
"He would probably describe me as a player who works hard and gives his best but also likes to joke around."
What are your strengths and weaknesses as a player?
"Some of my weaknesses are I think I know a lot sometimes and don't exactly listen to what the coaches try to tell me but a strength would be I might not apply what they are trying to teach me in practice but I do it on the field to show them I am listening to what they have to say."
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
"My favorite athlete would have to be Terrell Suggs because he is an outstanding defensive player and does his best."
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
"The best piece of advice would be 'Keep your grades up, they come before everything.' -Ian Curtis"
Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?
"You should expect players that go 100% all the way and don't give up at all and strive for the winning title from our team."
What position do you think you will play in college?
"In college I would expect to play left tackle."
What can a college program expect from you as a player?
"Colleges can expect a hard worker and a team player."
What will the main factors be when you choose a school?
"The main factors would have to be what can they offer for my education, do they offer a place I can work well by myself and also with help if I need it."
Glendale (Az.) Ironwood OT Elijah Cox gets first D1…