Dakota Cox, a first-team Utah all-state linebacker, has committed to attend the University of New Mexico.
Several online recruiting sites have reported Cox’s commitment to UNM. The Draper, Utah athlete had committed to Cincinnati but reconsidered after Bearcats coach Butch Jones left to become the head coach at Tennessee.
According to maxpreps.com, Cox, listed as 6 feet and 220 pounds, was in on 236 tackles the past two seasons for Juan Diego Catholic High School in Draper. The Juan Diego Soaring Eagles went 12-1 this season, making it to the Utah Class 3A semifinals.
Cox averaged 11 tackles per game as a senior and had 4.5 sacks on the season. Doubling as a tight end, he caught 15 passes for 337 yards and seven touchdowns. Cox also punted 14 times for a 34.5-yard average.
Unofficially, UNM has 12 commitments toward its allowance of 25 new scholarships. Signing day for high school players and junior college spring graduates is Feb. 6. Mid-year junior college graduates can sign as early as Wednesday.
JACOBSEN AN ALL-STAR: Lobos senior long snapper Evan Jacobsen has been selected to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, scheduled for Jan. 19 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.
Jacobsen, from Laguna Niguel, Calif., had one bad snap in four seasons as the Lobos’ long snapper.
He’s the second Lobo to get a postseason invitation. That same day, senior tight end Lucas Reed is scheduled to play in the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla.
DECEMBER GRADUATES: Reed is one of seven Lobo football players to have earned undergraduate degrees following the 2012 fall semester. In addition, quarterback B.R. Holbrook earned his degree after the 2012 summer session.
The other December graduates are linebackers A.J. Butler and Joe Stoner; defensive linemen Reggie Ellis and Ugo Uzodinma; wide receiver Lamaar Thomas, and cornerback DeShawn Mills.
— This article appeared on page D1 of the Albuquerque Journal