“I knew I wanted to go there.”

West Jessamine's Eli Cox talks UK.


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – As we wind down our look at high school spring football around the coverage area, we stop in at West Jessamine.

That’s where Bryan Kennedy caught up with lineman Eli Cox and Colts head coach John Gilliam at lunch in the weight room.

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The lunchtime interview a necessity with Cox taking an AP exam in the morning and rehabbing his injured finger in the afternoon.

It just goes to show you, you have to get the busiest man on campus when you can.

Check out the video for more on UK’s first in-state commit in two years.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com