Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Demetrious Cox Jeannette Another Two-Sport Star Dazzling for Jayhawks

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Demetrious Cox Jeannette Another Two-Sport Star Dazzling for Jayhawks

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For most of the early part of this basketball season, Demetrious Cox was in and out of Jeannette's basketball practices and even missed a couple of games.

Cox held football scholarship offers from dozens of major colleges, and, understandably, wanted to take his visits and take his time to make the right decision.

When he returned to the hardwood, though, it was almost like he never left.

"His timing was a little off," Jeannette basketball coach Adrian Batts said. "But he got right back into the groove after a day of solid practice.

"For him, rusty might be getting 13 points and 9 rebounds. On a normal day, he can get 20 and 10."

That's just the kind of athlete Cox is. A star on the gridiron and hardwood, he has been selected as the Post-Gazette's East Xtra Male High School Athlete of the Year.

Cox's dominance this year started on the football field, where he led the Jayhawks to an undefeated regular season and appearance in the WPIAL championship game at Heinz Field. It took a heroic 96- yard drive in the final minutes by Aliquippa to deny the Jayhawks a WPIAL title.

On the season, Cox, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, threw for 910 yards and eight touchdowns at quarterback, and added 1,263 yards and 23 scores on the ground.

Jeannette football coach Roy Hall also praised Cox's leadership off the field.

"His work ethic is second to none," Hall said. "Not only that, but he leads by example. That's in the weight room, on the field, practice, conditioning. That makes him a leader."

On the field, Hall singled out the Jayhawks' semifinal win over Seton-LaSalle, when Cox ran for 89 yards and four touchdowns, and completed 7 of 11 passes for 176 yards and a score.

"When we played Seton-LaSalle, he just totally took over the game on the offensive side of the ball," Hall said.

Even though Cox will play safety -- where he also started for the Jayhawks this season -- in college, coaches recruiting him said his athleticism makes him an awfully interesting option on offense.

Hall said that when Ohio State coach Urban Meyer visited the school, Meyer said to Hall, "I told [Buckeyes defensive coordinator Luke] Fickell, if he were to come here, I'd have to take a look at him on offense, also. …

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