West Jeff DB getting looks

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Michael Cox is a free safety prospect from Metairie-East Jefferson who has not received the attention he deserves from major colleges because of an ankle injury he sustained during his junior season.<br><br>Now that his broken ankle is back to 100 percent, Cox's stock is beginning to rise making him a prime target for some top college programs.

"West Virginia and Indiana have offered," said Cox. "I'm looking at Michigan State, too. Those are the main ones. I'm also looking at Arkansas, Ole Miss and LSU."

Cox, who is a huge force in the middle of the field at 6-foot-4, 185 pounds, carries a 2.5 grade point average and he recently became a full academic qualifier when he scored a 20 on the ACT. Is he leaning anywhere?

"I talk to coach (Doug) Nussmeier (Michigan State QBs coach) at least once a week and he's talking to the head coach to see if they'll give me an offer," Cox said. "Coach (Rich) Rodriguez at West Virginia signed a couple of my teammates last year, Fernandez McDowell and James Alford, so I would know people up there."

LSU has not extended a scholarship offer up to this point, but that does not mean the Tigers are not interested.

"I talked to coach Thompson (Lance) and I'm going up there in a couple of weeks," said Cox. "It's a good school and they have a lot of good players. They're real competitive. They haven't offered yet but if they did I would definitely take them into consdieration."

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