Chans Cox is the top-rated player in Arizona and an outstanding outside linebacker but during his trip to the USC junior day on Sunday the Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge four-star said the Trojans talked about him playing some offense.
Cox, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect, rushed for 682 yards and 13 touchdowns in his junior season and even though most programs are recruiting him for defense, he said he's all for playing in the backfield, too.
"They're very excited about me," Cox said. "They're going to take their time and get the best in the country. They're very excited and were almost looking at me more at fullback, an offensive guy, more than defense. It was cool to hear that.
"They really want me to come to camp or they might come out to Blue Ridge in the spring and then they'll make a decision on an offer.
"I love offense and I love defense. I'll play anywhere on the field, especially at USC, wherever they would put me I'd be happy."
The Trojans did not offer Cox, rated No. 40 in the early 2013 rankings by Rivals.com, but he could visit again this summer for camp. If the Trojans did offer him, Cox said they would immediately move up on his list.
So far, Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Duke, Oregon State and Washington have offered Cox, who finished with 61 tackles in his junior season, and is hearing from many other programs.
USC made a big-time impression on the four-star prospect all day and he's definitely looking forward to hearing more from the Trojans.
"I didn't know how nice it was," Cox said. "It was gated, a whole little community in itself. The campus was amazing. It was great talking to the coaches and they were so excited we were all there. Coach (Lane) Kiffin was great. I got to talk to him some.
"It would definitely be one of the top five schools (if USC offered). It would be a great honor. When you get an offer from a big school like that you know your hard work is really paying off."