Wearing Kentucky Across his Chest Means Something to Eli Cox
On Monday evening, Eli Cox became the first in-state commitment to Kentucky in more than two years.
Cox, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound offensive lineman out of West Jessamine High School, committed to Kentucky via social media on Monday. He’s the first in-state commitment for Mark Stoops since Austin Dotson (Belfry) committed to Kentucky in March of 2016.
“It’s home,” said Cox. “I’ve always wanted to play here and wear Kentucky across my chest.”
The offer from Kentucky came last Tuesday. Additionally, Cincinnati, Marshall, Ohio, and Toledo all extended offers. Yet, it didn’t take him long to decide to stay home.
“The program is heading upward fast and the facilities are top in the country, and now going for three straight bowls.”
Cox is rated a three star prospect by 247Sports. Given Kentucky’s success with offensive linemen, the pickup could be a good one for the future. Cox already has a connection with sophomore center Drake Jackson.
“I’m close to Drake Jackson. I train with him and a group of linemen from here and he’s been helpful.”
Cox helped lead West Jessamine to a 6-5 record in 2017, the program’s first winning season since 2010. Now, as he enters his senior season, he will look to build some momentum before heading to Kentucky. As for when he will arrive on campus, he could enroll in January.
“I’m looking with my counselor to keep that option open.”
The commitment from Cox may not seem like a big one, but it is for in-state recruiting. As a result, the Wildcats pick up their first in-state commitment for 2019, which is pleasing to the fans. Last month, Bryan Hudson, a four-star offensive tackle from Scott County, chose Virginia Tech over Kentucky and others.
It only took six days for Cox to know where he wanted to further his academic and football careers. Being the first in-state commitment in more than two years means something to the homegrown star.
“It means a lot. I’m proud to play for my home state and hope to help bring in some more Kentucky players to the BBN.”