PARKERSBURG - Parkersburg South senior Logan Cox thought he was going to the University of Akron this fall to play football.
That was until Akron ''pulled my offer about three weeks ago,'' said Cox. ''So I had to turn around real fast, get things going and figure out where I was going in two weeks.''
And where Cox is officially headed now is ironically south, not north, to the University of Charleston after he signed on the dotted line with the Golden Eagles Wednesday.
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Parkersburg South’s Logan Cox, left, will continue his football career at the University of Charleston. Cox was the Patriots’ second-leading rusher with 66 carries for 654 yards and six touchdowns last year.
''And UC's a great fir for me, so I'm happy to be going there.'' said Cox, a three-sport (football, basketball, track) athlete at South.
Cox admitted that Akron pulling its offer to him was ''a little surprising in just the way they led me to believe. But I think things worked out for the best, and after visiting there, UC is where I wanted to be. So things turned out well.''
Charleston had no contact with Cox once he had verbally committed to Akron. But the Golden Eagles were quick to pick up the ball and ''contacted me either the night of or the night after I was decommitted,'' said Cox.
The 6-3, 200-pound Cox was a versatile performer for head coach Jon Bolen at South the last four years, culminating with his selection as a Class AAA first-team all-state defensive back as a senior.
In all this past fall, Cox played at outside linebacker/strong safety on defense, and at wide receiver, tailback and tight end on offense.
He was the Patriots' second-leading rusher with 66 carries for 654 yards and six touchdowns while catching 11 passes for 179 yards, or 16.3 yards per reception, and was among the Mid-Ohio Valley leaders in interceptions with five, including one good for a TD.
Charleston uses a 3-3-5 defense and is looking to utilize Cox's ability as one of the five defensive backs, specifically - he explained - ''the safety that plays mostly inside the box.''
Cox reflected back on his four years at South as ''a great experience,'' and said he had ''dreamed'' in junior high/middle school about going on to play football in college ''and always hoped that it would happen.''