Q&A with Kansas State Commit SS Zac Cox (Manhattan, 2019)

Shon Plack
Kansas Scouting Director

Zac Cox (Manhattan) has recently committed to Kansas State, becoming third player in Kansas' 2019 class to make his decision. 

Cox, a two-time Future Games player, hit safely in all but one of the Future Games he played in.  he boasts a 7.06 60 and a 94 mph exit velo.  On the infield he has an 83 mph positional velo and has been clocked at 84 mph from the outfield.  He is a strong frame with quick bats speed.  His power is to the pull side, but has a gap-to-gap approach. 

Here is a look inside the recruiting process for Zac Cox.

Cox: What were your expectations about the recruiting process? Was it as expected? Easy/Difficult?

Cox: I didn't really have any expectations for the recruiting process I just wanted to enjoy it and find the right school that fit me best.

PBR: Did location or distance from home play a factor in your decision?

Cox: Location didn't really play a factor because I have lived a lot of different places but it is nice staying close to home.

PBR: Describe your experience at the PBR Future Games.

Cox: It was awesome, I got the chance to go to the Future Games two years in a row and its quite an experience!

PBR: Where did Kansas State first see you? How did your relationship develop with them?

Cox: Kansas State first saw me when I was in elementary school because I used to go to all the little kid camps but I would say they didn't start seriously looking at me until the summer after my freshmen year when I went to a PBR event at Kansas State.

PBR: Who is the best player you have faced in your state, and why?

Cox: I would say the best player I have faced would be Ryan Zeferjahn, I faced him my freshmen year and that was the first time I saw real high velo with a punch out slider.

PBR: What advice would you give to young baseball players striving to get where you are?

Cox: My advice would be to always keep working to try and be a better player every day.

PBR: What do you do in the offseason to keep yourself in baseball shape and prep! are for the upcoming season?

Cox: I play other sports so I have yet to have an offseason where I can fully focus on baseball yet, but I will hit on the weekends whenever I don't have practice. I plan on starting a 8 week Driveline program this winter to improve my arm strength.

PBR: What is the most memorable moment in your baseball career to this point?

Cox: I would say the most memorable moment would be playing in the state championship this year, the environment was awesome but we didn't close it out so that's definitely a lot of motivation to get back.

PBR: What do you like most about Kansas State and what were the key factors in making your decision?

Cox: I love Manhattan, its an awesome college town, I also have a great relationship with the coaching staff and I have gotten pretty close to a couple of the players like Will Brennan and Kasey Ford so that's been pretty beneficial because they have told me how much they love playing at Kansas state.

PBR: What other schools were on your short list before you made your final decision?

Cox: Mizzou, Witchita State, Michigan State

PBR: When did the recruiting process really start to heat up for you? Was there a particular game or event that you feel turned the corner for you?

Cox: Last year at the future games I played pretty good and there was a couple schools that contacted me.

PBR: Preview your high school season for us. How do you feel your team will be? What are your expectations and goals?

Cox: We have a lot of new faces this year because we lost a lot of seniors last year but I am confident were going to have a good year. I expect to win the centennial league again and the goal win the state title!

PBR: Where do you play in the summer? And what has been your most memorable experience with them?

Cox: I have been playing for the Midwest Stix and my favorite memory would be going to play in Steamboat, Colorado when I was playing 14u. But now I am playing with The Barn Baseball Academy.

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