Audio Interview: J'Den Cox
J'DEN COX - Columbia, Mo. Overall Record: 149-3
High School Coaches: J.D Coffman, Ben Smith Assistant
Noteworthy Accolades: Won state at 171 pounds as a freshman… Went undefeated as a sophomore at 215 pounds…2011 Fargo Asics Nationals Cadet Greco Roman Champion (215)… Took 3rd in the 2011 Fargo Asics Nationals Cadet Freestyle (215)…Went undefeated at the 2011 USAW Cadet Duals 215-pound freestyle… 2012 MSHSAA State Champion at 220 pounds with another undefeated season… 2012 USA All-Tournament Team Freestyle… 2012 USA All-Tournament Team Greco Roman… 2012 MO/USA Greco Roman 220-pound Champion… 2012 MO/USA Freestyle State 220-pound Champion… 2012 Fargo Asics Nationals 220-pound Junior Greco Roman 3rd Place… 2012 Fargo Asics nationals 220-pound Junior Freestyle Champion… 3 time Hickman High School Outstanding Wrestler
Smith's Take: "I've known J'Den since he was four years old. He used to sit in my office and read books when his older brothers were competing for the Columbia Youth Wrestling Club. I coached him in football in the 6th and 8th grades ('So I made him the football player he is today,' Smith jokes). He's grown up in Columbia, and if he isn't already the best recruit in the nation, we think he should be. With him deciding to stay home with Mizzou says a lot about our program. He knows he can become a national champion here and reach his Olympic aspirations that he has set for himself. He has a bright future and is probably the highest ranked recruit we have ever brought in. His goal isn't just to be a great wrestler, but he wants to win multiple national titles and make an Olympic team and win a gold medal, and our program has what it takes to get him there."