Chans Cox said he had a great time at Arizona State's junior day and was especially impressed with the new coaching staff but decided not to commit to the Sun Devils.
Cox's recruitment is just taking shape and the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect from Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge doesn't want to make any decisions yet.
"Coach (Todd) Graham and the rest of the coaches wanted me to commit," Cox said. "I didn't, not yet, I said I want to see what's up with them and I want to keep watching them because they're going to change the program around. It was a good day.
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"The big difference is their main focus is relationships and character. That's what comes first for them. They want to build relationships and make sure whoever they're recruiting has good character.
"It's still early for me. Maybe in my senior year and I've seen a lot from them but it's still early in the recruiting process. I want to see how it all goes."
The day went well for Cox, who rushed for 682 yards and 13 touchdowns and finished with 61 tackles from his linebacker spot this past season as Blue Ridge finished 14-0. Cox got a better chance to tour the entire Arizona State campus and he liked what he saw on the visit.
"It was about a three-hour drive from my house and once we got down there the coaches were really excited to see me back down there," Cox said. "We talked and there were some of the other top juniors in Arizona and it was nice to spend some time with them.
"We went on a tour of the campus, I've seen most of the facilities there, but I haven't been around the whole campus and that's what we did today and it was really nice."
But the 2013 standout is not ready to make his decision. Arizona, Boise State, Duke and Oregon State have also offered and USC is starting to show more interest. The Trojans invited him out for their junior day in February and he's strongly considering it.
"It actually might happen," Cox said. "My dad and I might fly out there from Show Low, because we have a little airport and that's on February 11.
"We might try to get out there. I've always grown up liking USC, I've always liked watching them, and they have that great tradition so I'd like to go out and see what they have to offer."