Cox back on board with Southern Miss

According to multiple recruiting outlets, three-star wide receiver James Cox (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Northridge) recommitted to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

He originally picked Southern Miss in July but the Golden Eagles suffered through an 0-12 season, fired Ellis Johnson and Cox decommitted. Todd Monken, who spent the last two years leading Oklahoma State's high-powered offense, is Southern Miss' new head coach.

Arizona State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Indiana, Mississippi State, Purdue, Central Florida and Vanderbilt offered the 6-foot, 185-pound Cox earlier in the process.

ESPN describes Cox as "one of those prospects that grows on you. He is very productive, can play inside and out and, while he may not be spectacular in any one area, he is a good player who consistently makes plays."

The Golden Eagles have 16 players committed for 2013. Cox is their top pledge.