Chandler Cox was pretty excited when he talked to Florida's Will Muschamp on Thursday morning and the Gators' head coach offered the Apopka athlete a scholarship.
"I didn't even know what to say to him. He told me he'd like to offer me a full-ride scholarship. I was really excited," said Cox, who is being recruited at a variety of positions, including tight end, fullback, H-back and Wildcat quarterback. "It's like a dream come true because I've always liked Florida. Right now, I don't really want to make any decision quite yet."
Cox, the No. 3 player in the Sentinel's 2015 Central Florida Super60, was a key ingredient to Apopka's return to the Florida Class 8A state title game this season, taking over running the offense for injured quarterback Zack Darlington. Apopka switched it's offense from the spread to the single-wing after Darlington suffered a season-ending concussion in the first game and Cox ran the offense out of the fullback position.
"Coach Mushchamp said he likes the kind of player I am and how I can play a lot of different positions and special teams and he also said he just likes the type of person I am," Cox said.
Cox was one of three Apopka (13-2) players who eclipsed the 1,000-yard rushing mark this season and the Darters rolled up a state-record 751 points en route to a runner-up finish to South Dade in the state title game.
He had 1,114 yards and 13 touchdowns on 175 carries this season, and he also completed 53-of-93 passes for 1,267 yards and 11 touchdowns, while throwin just three interceptions.
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