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Cox de-commits from Southern Miss


Northridge High School's James Cox (9) attempts to break the tackle of Bob Jones High School's Kelton Davis (34) in this August 31, 2012 file photo.. (Photo by Jason Harless)


TUSCALOOSA | Northridge High School senior wide receiver James Cox de-committed from Southern Miss University on Tuesday afternoon after the Eagles fired first-year coach Ellis Johnson.

“That was the reason because, Coach Johnson, I talked to him about every week,” Cox said. “He was a big part of them getting me, especially with him having ties to Tuscaloosa when he used to coach at Alabama. He was a huge part of why I committed.”

Cox, 6 feet and 190 pounds, is a three-star prospect as ranked by Rivals.com.

He committed to Southern Miss in July over offers from Arkansas, Cincinnati, Indiana, Purdue and Vanderbilt.

“Arkansas will be a school I definitely look at,” Cox said.

Arkansas is also in the midst of replacing a head coach. John L. Smith coached the 2012 season as interim coach following Bobby Petrino's dismissal.

Cox said he also will consider Cincinnati, Arizona State and Central Florida.

“I want to go to a program that's on the verge of being a successful program,” he said. “Somewhere where I can kind of come in and compete for playing time. I also want to go to an academically good school, one where my major is something they have to offer.”