NEW ORLEANS — Da’Monte Coxie‘s life has been a whirlwind since the weeks leading to and following National Signing Day.
But now, everything is beginning to finally clear up.
The Class of 2016 LSU wide receiver commit told SEC Country he is awaiting his test scores, which should clear a path for him to attend Copiah-Lincoln Junior College (Wesson, Miss.) and eventually land in Baton Rouge, La.
“I’ve got to score an 18 maybe, and that will be the icing on the cake,” Coxie told SEC Country during his alma mater’s spring game on Tuesday.
“Then I’ll be straight. I’m just ready to get the pads back on. It was a minor setback for a major comeback.”
The LSU coaches, primarily offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, have remained in close contact with the 6-foot-3, 175-pound wide receiver throughout the process.
While tough, the future remains bright for Coxie, who has kept close tabs on the Tigers from a distance and is anxious to thrive at the junior college level and eventually make it to LSU, where had hoped to sign with in February.
“Everything is still the same,” Coxie said of his relationship with LSU. “Coach Cam keeps contacting me and stuff. I’m just ready to come in and make some plays and help our team win a natty (national championship).”
Coxie is also busy recovering from surgery as he awaits his test scores.
The three-star wide receiver underwent an operation on a torn meniscus and is currently sporting crutches. He remains three weeks away from starting physical therapy, but is on track for a speedy and full recovery.
“The surgery went fine,” he said. “It was a little meniscus tear. It just happened during track, but everything is feeling great.”
The trying time of awaiting his fate and recovering from surgery may be tough for most, but not Coxie.
The East St. John High School (Reserve, La.) product has drawn inspiration from his grandfather, who delivers the same, powerful message to Coxie each and every morning.
It provides the standout Louisiana receiver with perspective, and effectively gives him a reason to stay positive as he looks to overcome this setback.
“I don’t want to know anything negative about anything,” Coxie laughed. “My grandfather reminds me every morning that it could be worse. He’s a great inspiration. I love my grandfather. My whole family has been there, but he’s been the main target reminding me that I’ll be back out there. It’s a process, and everything happens for a reason.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.