Braxton Williams was a joy to be around in Ohio, and after completion of our Ohio Regional events, I knew I could find him a home after he quickly adjusted to our techniques and blazed a 4.5, 40 yard dash! Braxton had over 100 tackles his Senior year and proves to have the grit and determination to produce stellar results at Northland. I get the honor to work with Braxton and his buddy Tyler Bell, who is also speaking with Coach Cox from Northland College about playing ball, in a few weeks at our Illinois Regional. Coach Tillmon and I will be hitting the road again and heading straight for Hamilton County HS (IL), home of the FOXES! I also got a call from Coach Cox about my Kicker from Denver, Felix Tshite, and the 3 could be staying together as they chase their dreams of earning a College Football scholarship at a 4 year institution. All three of these young men have the talent to play at the next level and I will most likely be visiting Northland this fall to check on these fine Student-Athletes and maybe kick a few balls with "The African Kicker", if he winds up there.
About Northland - Coach Cox
After speaking with Coach Cox several times on the phone, I was very comfortable in sending my athletes to the very top of Minnesota. But why? He first of all was one of the most honest people I have spoken to in the recruiting process about his program at the JUCO level, and produced very stellar results this past season as far as his players moving on to 4 year schools on scholarship. After a winning season last year, Coach Cox was able to recruit some D1 transfers and a very talented roster for this up and coming season. I am extremely eager to watch their team compete this year and watch Coach Cox build after his first season at the helm. Coach Cox is not new to College or Pro Football and his story is very intriguing. Mr. Cox has coached at various high levels of College and Pro football, here is exert from a article I found before he took the job at Northland below.
"With a thorough understanding and passion for athletics from being a four-sport athlete in high school, Cox utilized this to rise into the coaching world. Cox rose through the ranks, starting out as a high school head football coach in Paton-Churdan High School, he won two state championships, and added a state track championship as well. Moving into the college ranks, Cox served as an assistant on the 1989 Ellsworth Community College (IA) football team that played in the national championships game, falling to Navarro College (TX). After serving as an assistant coach at various four year institutions, Cox took over the reigns as the head football coach at William Penn University (IA) from 2001-2005, transforming the Statesmen from cellar dwellers to a highly competitive program. Following a one year stint at Southeast Missouri State University (NCAA Division I), Cox would move into professional indoor arena football. After serving as an assistant with the St. Charles River Rage in the St. Louis metro area, Cox was named the Director of Operations and Head Football Coach for the River Rage(2008). Most recently, Cox has served as a football consultant with former NFL player, Willie Shields."
I want to thank Coach Cox for his continued dedication of bettering our student-athletes and helping them reach their individual ultimate goals. Stay Blessed my friend and go Northland!
Merf Trout - Owner Scout Trout Elite LLC