A rising defensive line prospect in the state of Washington this year is Capital (Olympia) DE Mat Cox, a 6’6″, 235-pounder with outstanding quickness and instincts. After a solid junior campaign, he posted 54 tackles and seven sacks, and is already hearing from several schools who are interested in what he has to offer.
“I’ve been talking to Idaho and Washington State and I visited them along with Whitworth and Central Washington,” Cox told Northwest Elite Index recently. “I’ve also been hearing from a few Ivy League schools – Cornell, Harvard, Yale and Princeton – and that’s pretty cool too so I have some schools interested in me, but I don’t currently have any offers yet.”
Because of his length and athleticism, Cox said schools are looking at him as a defensive end prospect and this offseason he’s been hard at work trying to improve himself, both physically and technically.
“I’m working on getting stronger, lifting a lot and running to stay in shape,” Cox said. “I want to put on more muscle and size so I can hold up stronger against the run.
“I am also working on my hips to be more flexible and that allows me to make my moves more. I have long arms so that helps me a lot, but I need to get stronger and more flexible so that’s a big focus for me.”
This spring and summer, Cox said he plans to take in some camps although the only one he knows he will go to for sure is the Nike camp in Eugene, Oregon.
“I really like Idaho a lot and Washington State too,” Cox said. “I’m not real sure which other camps I will go to, but those are two that I’m looking at.”
Because Capital is loaded with talented players and they are headed to the 2A classification for the next two years, there is a very good chance they will make deep runs in the playoffs and could have a realistic chance at a state championship with players like Cox leading the way.
We will have more in the coming weeks and months as Cox continues on through the recruiting process.