Meet the freshmen: BHP's Andrew Cox expects fallout from USC-to-Clemson switch

Former Gamecock commitment follows in the paths of his dad and brother with Tigers

BHP's Andrew Cox scores the tenth run for the Bears during a playoff game with Greenville.

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BHP's Andrew Cox scores the tenth run for the Bears during a playoff game with Greenville.

Andrew Cox

5-11, 205, Outfielder

Belton-Honea Path HS, Belton, S.C.

A mainstay for one of Upstate South Carolina's top programs ever since his freshman year, Cox made news the summer before his sophomore season when he made a verbal commitment to South Carolina.

A year later, after his brother Jay made Clemson's roster as a walk-on, Cox had a change of heart and followed his family heritage to Clemson, where his dad was a kicker on the football team in the 1979 and 1980.

Cox told the Independent Mail that he knows switching sides in this rivalry will have repercussions when he takes his first at-bat at Carolina Stadium.

“I actually look forward to that,” said Cox. "That's what the rivalry is about...It would make my day to come up there in a situation where my team needs me with runners at second and third in the top of the ninth to put us up by two at Carolina Stadium. There wouldn’t be more left in my life left to do than that.”

Accomplishments

• #11 player and #2 outfielder in South Carolina by Diamond Prospects

• South Carolina Select All-Star

• Two-time all-state selection

• Three-time all-region selection

• Defensive MVP as a sophomore, junior, and senior

• International Paper Classic All-Tournament team as a junior and senior

• Member of the state championship team as a freshman

• Lettered five times in baseball and three times in football

• Coached by Steve Williams at Belton-Honea Path High School

• His father, Jimmy, was a member of the Clemson football team in 1979,80

• His brother, Jay, was an outfielder on the 2011 Clemson baseball team

• Majoring in community recreation, sport, & camp management

• Born Andrew Levi Cox on November 23, 1993 in Greenwood, SC

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Comments » 4

Bigboots writes:

I think I remember Jimmy. Straight-on kicker before everyone went soccer style. Pretty good boot.
Anyway, glad the boy didnt have to be a coot.

Bigboots writes:

Jimmy Cox is not on the roster for 1979 or 1980. That was the Ariri period. And Bob Pauling.
I remember Cox from his days at Pickens. Tied his laces around the front cleat on his shoe in order to lock his ankle in place. It worked.

KerryCapps writes:

in response to Bigboots:

Jimmy Cox is not on the roster for 1979 or 1980. That was the Ariri period. And Bob Pauling.
I remember Cox from his days at Pickens. Tied his laces around the front cleat on his shoe in order to lock his ankle in place. It worked.

I believe he was a walk-on. He is not listed as a letterman in the Clemson football media guide.

Bigboots writes:

Thanks. I think that's it.
We were deep at PK back then.
Cox was good, but there haven't been many like Obed Ariri.

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