Brandon Cox had a huge junior season and now the Pasadena, Calif., quarterback is looking to get more exposure on the recruiting trail.
The lefty threw for 2,697 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions and he also ran for 562 yards and eight touchdowns this past season. Although he can get out of the pocket to make plays, Cox said he prefers to pick apart defenses by throwing the ball downfield.
"I like to be in the shotgun a lot," Cox said. "I am a pocket-passer first but if things break down I can get out and run. I'm a pass-first quarterback.
"I'm comfortable with running but if I had my choice I would stay in the pocket and throw the ball."
Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA are showing interest in Cox, who had a good showing last week at the U.S. Army National Combine. Taking some visits this off-season to get a better feel for those schools is important to the Southern California quarterback.
"I like Rich Rodriguez as a coach, I like what he did at Michigan with Denard Robinson, so that's why with him going over to Arizona I like that style," Cox said. "I think he can change the whole culture at Arizona and I think I can fit in with that school.
"I like Oregon because I like that spread offense. I think I could fit in really well with that offense."
Cox, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect, said he has talked only a little bit with new UCLA coach Jim Mora and definitely wants to hear more as things get settled.
With Arizona State changing coaches, Cox said his contact with the new Sun Devils' staff has been minimal.
"UCLA is the home school," Cox said. "I don't live too far away from there. It's close to me so I'm going to keep an eye on them. Coach Mora and I have talked a little bit but not too much yet."