By Trey McCurry.
Andrew Cox, who will be a junior at Belton-Honea Path High School this year, committed to the Tigers on a visit last Monday, July 19. Cox, who goes by “Rudy”, was a one-time commitment to South Carolina.
In June of 2009, the Gamecocks offered Cox and he committed. Soon after, Cox’s brother Jay made the Clemson baseball team as a transfer walk-on outfielder. Once the younger Cox started coming to more games he realized Clemson was the place he wanted to be and he de-committed from South Carolina in April.
“I have been coming to Clemson games all my life,” said Cox. “It (Clemson) is close to home, not a big city, and was just the best fit for me,” said Cox.
Cox, who is a dual sport athlete for the BHP, spent the 2009 season as the two-hole hitter for the Bears. For the season, he hit .440 with 32 runs, nine doubles, nine stolen bases, and 18 RBI. While playing first base (and committing no errors in 2009), Cox has been told he has the ability to play in the outfield as well as first base in college.
While praising the South Carolina staff, Cox said he enjoyed “talking more than just baseball” with Coach Jack Leggett and recruiting coordinator Tom Riginos. A couple of days after his commitment, Cox said he “finally felt like he was where he supposed to be.”
“I am looking forward to playing in such a great college atmosphere for a program I have followed my whole life and that has such a rich tradition,” said Cox. “With the load off my shoulders (from committing), I can go out and play and enjoy baseball over the next two years.”
Cox will be playing for District One this week in the Big League World Series in Easley, SC.