Ahkee Cox-Cowan | Kutztown University | DB
Twitter: @Ahkeecowan | Instagram: @Keeezy5
Q: Tell us about your college (or pro) career and what the recruiting/scouting process was like. Why did you choose Kutztown?
A: I came from Harrisburg High School and my recruiting process unique. Although I had many different thoughts and routes in mind, I ended up choosing to attend Kutztown University. I chose Kutztown mainly because I witnessed some fire in the coaching staff, good fire that is. Some fire I believe could make KU become a successful program and help me to become a better person and player. I liked the vision and what the campus had to offer, leading to my ultimate decision of committing. As far as my career as a Golden Bear, I accomplished as an individual. I obtained various accolades through the course of my career, 3x all PSAC 1st team, 3x all region 1st team, and an All-American honor. I finished my career with 216 tackles, 10 TFL’s, 3 FF, 2 FR, 2 TD’s, 12 INT’s, 63 passes defended (PSAC RECORD/SCHOOL RECORD), 51 pass breakups (SCHOOL RECORD), gave up 0 TDs in coverage in 2019, 2 PSAC East Championships.
Q: What would you consider to be your biggest accomplishment in your sports career so far?
A: My biggest accomplishment would have to be getting the All-American bid. We fell short of winning the PSAC 2 years during my play, that would have been the biggest in outcome was in our favor.
Q: What do you consider to be one of the more important things you learned from the coaching staff while playing at (Enter school name)?
A: Our motto was to go 1-0 each week and although I had the thought of winning each day, I never used that term to attack each week. I believe taking that 1-0 mindset in everything you do, could get you where you want to be in life.
My biggest strength would have to be my ability to cover anybody, my natural hips, my IQ of the game, my speed and explosiveness that help me to be an elite defender on any team right now.
Q: How was your career impacted due to the 2020 pandemic and what have you learned from the adversity?
A: I firmly believe I would have got an invite to a NFL rookie minicamp at the rate things were moving for me. Even if not that, a CFL look for certain. With NFL rookie minicamps being canceled and CFL season being canceled, I feel it definitely through a wrench in my route. I always knew God had a plan for me regardless of what obstacles get in front of me. My mindset always been to keep pushing, because I know God is always working.
Q: What was your major and what are your plans if football doesn’t work out?
A: I got my bachelor’s degree in Sports Management, if football does not work out, I trust God that he will lead me to wherever I need to make an impact at. Whether that’s in being a personal trainer, CB coach, or wherever in the football field, being as though these are my areas of interest outside of playing.
Q: What would your current/past teammates say about you and your qualities?
A: I believe my past teammates would say I was always the hardest worker in the room, I never lacked, I always gave my all in everything I did, and I was dependable.
Q: What has been one of the most memorable plays of your career at any level?
A: If we are looking at career, in little league I took a pitch to the right, broke like 2-3 tackles, then reversed field and took it left, slid in between 2 defenders and took it for a TD for about 60 yards. Other than that, getting a INT in the freezing snow for a play in game to get into the PSAC playoffs against Edinboro. Also scooping a 70-80 blocked field goal against Shippensburg to close the half and get us back into the game.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge and how do you manage it?
A: My biggest challenge would have to be continuing to work as hard as I did as if I was still preparing for a game. When life hits you and you have to pay bills, make money to provide, etc. its so easy to just slow down and accept an image of being done in your head. So, continuing to push myself and stay above others that are still playing.
Q: If you could compare yourself to a pro athlete, who would that be and why?
A: I would have to compare myself to Jaire Alexander, real quick twitchy, physical, strong, good IQ for the position and just around the ball a lot. These are some qualities I see in myself that I believe could be an asset to any NFL roster, and being able to cover anybody on the field.
Q: What is your biggest strength that you bring to a professional team and why should pro scouts consider you?
A: My biggest strength would have to be my ability to cover anybody, my natural hips, my IQ of the game, my speed and explosiveness that help me to be an elite defender on any team right now.
Q: Are you involved in mentoring, a charity or do you “give back” or ”pay it forward” in your community?
A: I go to The Rock Church in Harrisburg, PA. We do various givebacks, and I also tithe, assisting my church to grow the community and expand.
Q: How are you preparing for the 2021 National Scouting Combine and what are your goals?
A: I am training about 5-6 days a week, consistently working on my strength, speed, explosiveness, and technique. Just doing what I always have been doing with the addition on getting back into the mechanics of the 40, 3 cone, and shuttle.
Q: What would be your ultimate achievement?
A: My ultimate achievement would be to sign an NFL contract and be on the active roster and actually become a starter on a team.
Q: What do you enjoy doing when not playing football?
A: I enjoy spending time with my family, watching film, reading, playing board games, and thinking of ways to challenge myself.
Q: If you could make a positive impact on all of society what would it be and why?
A: It would probably be sanitizing and helping clean different areas of the corona virus so things could get back to normal.
Q: Who is or has been the most influential person in your life?
A: I cannot just pick one, I would have to go with my mom and my cousin. My mom always made ends meet by herself and my cousin showed me anything is possible if you put in in God’s hands.
Q: What is something unique about you that people would find interesting?
A: I love the hard way in anything I do, I think this is unique because a lot of people will take the easy route, I love being out of my comfort zone, trying to find ways to challenge myself daily.
Q: What is your dream job?
A: To be a professional football player in the NFL.