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Cox recaps his NIU pledge

Peoria (Ill.) senior three star ranked offensive guard recruit Marques Cox (6-foot-5, 290 pounds) made a weekend official visit to Northern Illinois University and came away verbally committed to the Huskies. Cox talks about his visit and his college choice here.

"I went to my official visit to NIU over the weekend and it just felt like home," Cox said. "I just came away really impressed with everything that NIU has to offer and I knew that I wanted to play for the Huskies so I committed."

Cox discussed why he wound up giving the NIU Huskies his verbal commitment.

"I just like the culture at NIU. It's all about hard work and doing things the right way. Distance for me was never really a factor and I wasn't looking to stay close to home. It just worked out that NIU is closer to home which is great for my family. NIU is close enough to home but far enough to where I can still be independent. I just get along great with the guys on the team and the coaches. NIU is just a great fit for me in a lot of ways. I'm planning on majoring in either accounting or finance and NIU has a really good business program. It just feels like home to me and that's why I committed."

So which position did the NIU Huskies recruit Cox to play in college?

"NIU said they are gong to look at me as a tackle on either side of the football. The coaches feel I can play on either side of the football and I'm more than ready to help the team wins games in anyway I can."

Cox also is excited to see all of his hard work pay off, especially over the past 12-18 months after Cox suffered an injury and off-season surgery.

"It just feels amazing to be done and committed. I've been through a lot with the injury then all of the rehab work to come back and play. All thanks to God. I was able to get in better shape and cut weight and I'm still getting my weight down for wrestling and I'm in the best shape I've been in for a long time. I just feel so good these days and also blessed."

Marques Cox is verbally committed to Northern Illinois University.

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