June 22, 2009

EMCC tackle wants to be a Bulldog

Quartney Cox wanted to be a Mississippi State Bulldog coming out of nearby West Point High School in 2008.

Now as the 6-foot-3, 270-pound offensive tackle embarks on his sophomore season at East Mississippi Community College he may soon get the opportunity to realize that dream.

"Mississippi State recruited me hard out of high school," Cox said. "I just ended up not having the grades to go. "Mississippi State is where I want to go. Coach (Dan) Mullen bringing the spread, we run the spread down here so I feel like I can make a difference there if I get a chance to go for their offensive line. I think it would be great to stay close to home so I can see my family. Lately we have been having some family tragedies so I could be close to home so my momma and the rest of my family can come watch me play. That would mean a lot to me."

Cox originally signed with Division II program West Alabama in the 2008 class but opted instead to go the junior college route in hopes of landing a better offer in two years.

"The main reason I decided to come to EMCC was that I knew I could do better than Division II football," Cox said. "Another reason was that I knew (EMCC) Coach (Buddy) Stephens would end up sending me to Division I if I got my grades right. Right now I'm majoring in liberal arts but I want to go to State and then I will change my major to architecture."

Cox will be a spring graduate from the Scooba, Miss., school and would be eligible to enroll in the fall of 2010.

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