Chans Cox is still in his sophomore year but that has not stopped in-state programs Arizona and Arizona State from offering the Lakeside Blue Ridge linebacker who said he cannot believe his recruitment has picked up this fast.
"I was surprised especially how soon they came," Cox said. "I didn't even see them offering me a scholarship."
The Wildcats and Sun Devils have already verbally offered and Cox, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker, said UCLA, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Oregon and BYU are showing interest. In his sophomore season, Cox finished with 77 tackles.
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He likes both Arizona and Arizona State but said it's obviously too early to make any kind of decisions.
"I really enjoyed the school at Arizona and I really loved the campus," Cox said. "Coach (Tim) Kish, the defensive coordinator there, I really like him. He's been talking to me the most. I love how much of a family they are at U of A.
"Right now, (Arizona State) is the same. I love coach (Trent) Bray, the linebackers coach there. He's been talking to me a lot and he offered me a scholarship. I love the campus there, too. They're both great places."
Since it's so early in his recruitment, Cox said he doesn't have any favorites and will probably postpone a commitment until after his junior season or later.
Things are just picking up and there is a possibility he can pick up many more offers so for now Cox is sitting back, letting the colleges come to him and trying to stay modest through it all.
"Right now, I really just want to play football somewhere," Cox said. "I'm keeping my options wide open. I really just try to stay humble. That's my biggest goal, to stay humble for whatever comes at me.
"It's kind of hard to tell but right now I'm thinking about (committing) later. I might commit late my junior year."