Avante Cox was named First Team All-State Class 4A by the Illinois Football Coaches Association in 2016. He was ranked by 247 Sports as the No. 82 overall recruit in the state of Illinois in the 2017 recruiting class. He also was selected to the 81st Annual Champaign News-Gazette All-State Football Team for all classifications. The Chicago Tribune named him to their Special Mention All-State Team. Cox helped lead his Rochester High team to an 11-1 record and the 2016 4A State Championship. He ranked No. 3 in the state of Illinois in receiving yards his senior year,with 1,167 yards. He had 79 receptions on the season and scored 21 receiving touchdowns in 2016. Cox averaged 83.4 receiving yards per game and 14.8 yards per reception. He had four 100-yard receiving games his senior season, including games of 110, 124, 130 and 155 yards. His 155 yards came in the 4A State Championship Game where he also scored two receiving touchdowns of 63 and 24 yards and had one interception. Cox had a season high three TD receptions versus Springfield and caught two TD passes in seven other games. He also was an outstanding return specialist, with 393 yards in kickoff returns and 251 yards in punt returns. He totalled 1,965 yards of all-purpose yards as a senior. Cox scored a total of 25 touchdowns in 2016 -- 21 receiving, two rushing, one punt return TD and one kickoff return TD. As a defensive back, Cox tallied 43 total tackles, including 33 solo tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. He was coached in high school by Derek Leonard.