Former VCU basketball player Mo Alie-Cox has signed with the NFL Indianapolis Colts, according to his agent.
While hoops has been his focus at VCU, which doesn't have a football program, Alie-Cox is no stranger to the gridiron. Last Tuesday, the VCU basketball product was working out for National Football League scouts in Richmond, recently wrapping up a whirlwind visitation tour with teams. Erik Swoope played collegiate basketball at Miami, signed with the Colts, and eventually developed into a guy who now is entering next season as Indy's number two tight end. He visited at least six cities, and 30 teams sent scouts to watch him.
Due to Alie-Cox's redshirt status as fifth year player for VCU he was eligible for last year's draft, making him a free agent this offseason.
"I just want to put myself in a situation where I have a great opportunity to learn", he said. "I haven't done it in a while".
They are reportedly going to try to usher another college basketball player through the same transition. Alie-Cox was actually told by Cowboys star tight end Jason Witten that he had potential as an National Football League tight end, and that's something that Alie Cox has made a decision to try.
Swoope spent a year on the practice squad first, meaning he did not play in games and didn't travel with the active roster.