"I transferred to Madison Central the first of July so I could move from defensive tackle to tight end and face some better competition," added Sam Cox. "Will Bryan graduated from Madison Central last season, and it opened up a spot for me at tight end, and coach (Bobby) Hall thinks I am a good fit for that spot. I figure there was no one better that could get me to the next level than Coach Hall."
Last season Sam played defensive tackle for Jackson Prep and collected 70 plus tackles. He was named All-District and Team Defensive Line MVP for the second year in a row. Now he hopes to achieve even bigger goals at TE for Madison Central.
"I made the switch to TE this year so I guess I have a little more aggressiveness in me since I played defense my whole career. I have good hands even though this is the first year I have played tight end. I guess I can block pretty well too."
What other factors were involved in Cox's decision to transfer?
"I didn't want to have any regrets playing at Prep saying what if I would have played at Madison Central? I wanted to play against the top competition in the Jackson area and see if I could prove myself against the top teams. I wanted the colleges to get a good look at me. That's basically the main reason I left Prep. I loved everything about Jackson Prep. I hated leaving them, but I wanted to give myself the best opportunity to get on somebody's college roster."
Sam has been playing with the Madison Central 7-on-7 team this month and has had to make some adjustments.
"Right now the hardest thing is learning the routes and how to run it. I about have it down pat now, but I know I have not put the pads on either (laugh). I know I can block because I played offensive tackle last year too. But like I said, the hardest thing is learning all of the new routes."
Which colleges have taken notice about his recent transfer?
"I have been to some camps, but I guess the only schools that know I made the transition is Southern Illinois and Ole Miss because I went to those camps as a Madison Central student."
What is the hold-up from him being recruited harder?
"I guess it is because of my size, but I am not through growing. If they are holding up because of my size they should not because I am going to grow some more. I just turned 17 and my dad is a big man. He is around 6' 4", and I my wing span is the length of someone that is 6' 5" so I think I have some more growing to do."
Which colleges are standing out so far for Cox?
"I like Ole Miss a lot. I grew up an Ole Miss guy. I also like MTSU. They treat me real well up there. I do not know if I want to go that far away from home, but I also like Oklahoma. I just want to check out some more southern schools. I don't want to go too far from home to school, but I will if I have to."
Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org