Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 2/7/13
Wednesday provided all sorts of stories about recruits on National Signing Day: a recruit choosing to forgo a career in modeling to play at SMU, a mom swiping her son's letter of intent to keep him from going away to college, and a Miami recruit announcing his commitment by wearing a "SWAG" hat.However, the best story may be the one about former Marine and future Youngstown State defensive lineman Nate Cox.From the Indy Star:Cox, 25, is a native of Plainfield who spent five years in the Marines, including a five-month deployment to Afghanistan. After two years of junior college football at Santa Ana (Calif.), Cox signed with Youngstown State on Wednesday.Cox spent time in the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand training his own troops and foreign forces in two separate deployments. He returned from the second one late in 2010 and wasn’t expected to make the trip to Afghanistan. But volunteers were needed, Cox said, so he shipped off again.For five months, he was involved in casualty evacuation — or “dustoff” — flying into battlefields and loading the injured on to helicopters.“They teach everybody the basics like putting in an IV or applying pressure to a wound,” he said. “You just try to help out anyway that you can.”Cox recorded 51 tackles and 6.5 sacks during his sophomore season with the Dons. The protector of freedom will now trade in his prior uniform to compete for the Penguins in the Football Championship Series."We affectionately call him Grandpa," Youngstown State coach Eric Wolford said. "He's a unique guy. Has tremendous leadership skills and likes to work hard. He is so much more mature than the majority of players we deal with. He's going to bring some leadership to our defensive line."Cox originally enrolled at Indiana State University in the fall of 2005 before dropping out and signing up for basic training shortly after.Via Indy Star
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