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Belpre’s Dylan Cox headed to Mount Union for football

Photo Provided by Sara Harrington Belpre’s Dylan Cox lines up before a play during a high school football game last season.

BELPRE — Dylan Cox might be getting ready for baseball season at Belpre High School, but the Golden Eagle made it official Wednesday afternoon that he will continue his career as a student-athlete for Division III power Mount Union and head football coach Geoff Dartt.

Cox earned three letters in football, two in basketball and after this spring will have three in baseball.

However, he’s going to the Purple Raiders as a long snapper and tight end prospect.

“I have family that live up there,” noted the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, who added he’ll have more than a dozen college credits through the Washington County Career Center and also his Physical Therapy Aide Certification after he graduates. “They have my program in full so I’m going to be there for seven years.”

The future physical therapist said he also applied to Marietta College and Muskingum, but after messaging the coaching staff on Twitter at Mount Union he sent them film and the rest was history.

The Golden Eagle said their rich football history was a factor, but not having to worry about switching colleges weighed heavily.

“Their starting long snapper is a senior this year,” Cox added. “I feel like I can work into a starting long snapper my first year.”

He knows it will be more difficult to get duties at tight end, but he hopes that falls into place by the time he’s an upperclassman.

“We really hit it off and I met with the head coach and the tight ends coach,” Cox said of his visit.

“I’m big enough that I have a good possibility becoming a tight end later on in the years.”

Cox was able to earn a four-star rating as a long snapper.

“Going into the summer of my junior and senior year I actually went to two camps and they really helped me a lot,” said the Golden Eagle.

“At the time I was 16th (rated) in the nation. It’s gone down now because of other camps. During the whole season I think I had one bad snap. It was just low. It (the camps) really helped with my accuracy and everything.”

Even though he’s nearing the start of baseball season, Cox admitted “I’ve been trying to get the stat sheet up with lifting and everything and try to gain muscle. Since I get out of school so early, I go to the weight room every single day and I lift.”

Making the change from high school to college will be a challenge, but it’s one Cox is anxious for.

“One of my main goals is to maintain good grades and be a student-athlete because I’m there for obviously going to school, not just playing football,” he said.

“Obviously, I’m going to miss people, my hometown, but I’m looking forward to getting to Alliance and start working out there.”

As far as what he’ll remember the most about his time on the gridiron for the Golden Eagles, Cox noted two games.

“This year against Eastern I had two receptions for I think 129 yards,” he said. “My junior year we played Southern.

“They were undefeated. We were scoring touchdowns and I just happened to score one of those, my first TD of the year, and we did an onside kick and I recovered the onside kick. It was really exciting.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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