When Josh Cox committed to play football and go to school at Central Michigan recently, he thought about his father and what he always said.
"My dad, he passed two years ago and he always wanted to see me play under the big lights and we always talked about it. He said it didn't matter if it was a small school, big school, but you can perform under the lights. It's very exciting knowing I'm going to play D1 football in a year."
It was not just about football though, it was more than that that drew Cox to Mount Pleasant.
"I want to go to school to be a physical therapist and they had my program and they showed me a lot of love just after the season. I had a decent season, but nothing compared to what I will have this year and they were still showing me a lot of love."
That said, what he saw of the football program was impressive as well.
"I like the coaching staff and the facilities are great. They told me that I'm athletic and on defense they want to move around from safety to corner, so I'll be able to play both."
And the opportunity to play early should be there.
"I know that by the time I get there, all the starting DB's are all going to be gone, so I'll be able to fight for a spot my freshman year."