Rudy Dumped Cocks for Tigers

Rudy Dumped Cocks for Tigers

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Rudy Dumped Cocks for Tigers

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By Trey McCurry.

As TheClemsonInsider.com takes our baseball coverage to a new level we will introduce you to all of the current Clemson baseball commits.  Next up in the series is BHP outfielder Andrew “Rudy” Cox, who committed to the Tigers on July 19, 2010. 

Cox was originally committed to South Carolina before switching over to Clemson. 

“I committed to South Carolina after my freshman year, when they offered me the weekend that we (BHP) won the state championship,” said the outfielder. 

“For the next 10 months something just was not right and I did not feel comfortable about my decision. I just felt like I wasn’t going in the direction that I should for my future. Growing up near Clemson and getting the Clemson experience my entire life, it was eating at me that I would not be going there. So I did whatever it took to change that and allow that opportunity to happen. It ended up changing from a national champion to the place my heart really was and the place I had always loved, Clemson University.” 

Among the reasons the BHP senior switched to Clemson was having the opportunity to watch his older brother, Jay, spend two seasons as part of the Tiger baseball program. While attending games to watch his brother play, Rudy was able to watch the coaches and contributes this time to his great relationship with the staff. 

“I got to know the staff at a pretty young age,” says #24. “I went to camp there in eighth grade and that is when they actually targeted me. Then being able to come watch and talk with Jay, I knew they have a knack for what they do and are really good at it.” 

The 6-1, 195 pound outfielder is already looking forward to playing for Coach Jack Leggett. 

“I am really looking forward to being a part of Coach Leggett’s baseball style. He is a max effort guy and doesn’t accept anything but the best. He gets the best out of each and every one of his players. He makes his players be the best they can possibly be each and every day. I am a big fan of that and love that philosophy.” 

Cox also brings a variety of experiences on the diamond to Clemson. He spent this past summer playing with the Upstate Mavericks before a second stint in the Big League World Series. His best two weeks with the Mavericks came during the first two tournaments of the summer, where he combined to go 13-24 over the two weekends. Cox also talked at length about his time in the BLWS as well. 

The BLWS is a very unique experience. It is a great honor to be selected to that team and have the chance not only to represent your district, but your state as well. One of the best parts of the time is making friends with other players from all over the world. This past year, I became friends with several players from the Mexico squad. It is cool to find out about different cultures and different lifestyles. It is just a fun experience and I really enjoyed it.” 

A career top of the order hitter, Cox spent last season as the leadoff hitter for his BHP squad, hitting .317 on the season. 

“Coach (Williams) wanted to use me to get on base, use my speed, and put some pressure on opposing defenses. We had a really good season (winning both the region and the district) before dropping two heartbreaking games in the upper state bracket.”

 

 

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