Brandon Cox said Arizona remains his favorite school even though the Wildcats recently landed a commitment from Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman quarterback Anu Solomon.
Cox, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound dual-threat quarterback from Pasadena, Calif., said last weekend at the Southern Cal Rivals.com Showcase Powered by FBU Select that Arizona still tops his list and has not been eliminated after Solomon's pledge.
"That really doesn't play a factor in my recruitment," Cox said.
"He's a really good player but I'm up for competition. I'm never going to back away from competition. They're still my No. 1 school right now so if I choose to go there it will be a battle for the No. 1 spot."
Cox, named the quarterback MVP last weekend, recently landed offers from Maryland and Iowa State and both programs have him excited. His mother is from Silver Spring, Md., so the Terrapins definitely have a fighting chance in his recruitment.
"They just came unexpectedly," Cox said. "Maryland came to see me throw one time and I had never heard much from them before they offered me. It was a shock that they offered me. They said I fit their offense and I do believe that so it was surprising and a blessing.
"Iowa State was the same thing. They came at the same time. It was wonderful to hear both of them."
New Mexico State and Utah State have also offered Cox, who threw for 2,697 yards with 26 touchdowns and five interceptions in his junior season. He also rushed for 562 yards and eight scores.
Cox said Maryland will almost certainly receive an official visit and he'd like to take one to Oregon as well. Iowa State is also under consideration but the Pasadena standout said he's still in the preliminary stages of his decision-making process.
"I'm not really rushing anything yet," Cox said. "I'm doing my research on all the schools and I'm putting together my five schools where I want to take a visit. I'm not rushing but everything is kind of falling into place."