Chans Cox helped lead his Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge team to an undefeated season and a state championship so things couldn't be going much better for the 2013 outside linebacker.
"Things are going great," Cox said. "I've been basking in the glory of our state championship. It's a great opportunity especially being one of the leaders of the team this year.
"Last year I was just kind of there along for the ride and just doing my part. This year I was actually a leader and it almost meant a lot more. It was awesome just to win it especially because I'm really close with the senior class. I grew up playing with them so to win one with them was a great experience."
Cox, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound recruit who already lists offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State and Duke, said not much has changed in his recruitment and that many of the same schools are recruiting him.
Nebraska and Notre Dame continue to show interest and the ones that have offered are keeping in close touch.
"It's pretty much the same ones," Cox said. "I've been keeping in contact with Nebraska and they're really interested and we're just building the relationship. Then with Boise State, too, I've been in lots of contact with them. They want me to get out for a visit. It's been really good still."
Arizona's new staff has been in contact and Cox said he's interested in visiting Tucson to meet with coach Rich Rodriguez. A trip to Arizona State could also happen once the Sun Devils hire a coach.
"I've gotten a letter from U of A and I know ASU is still dealing with it," Cox said. "I've been keeping in contact with all of them. I've been keeping in contact with coach (Tim) Kish and coach (Trent) Bray and both told me wherever they end up they'll still be recruiting me and they'll keep following me. We'll see how it goes.
"It's great (that Rodriguez was hired). He's going to do a lot of great things with that team. I want to get out to U of A and meet him and build a relationship with him."
Not everything is good news though. Cox dislocated his shoulder midway through his junior season and is scheduled to have surgery on Dec. 21. It could hold him out of camps this off-season but Cox is going to take a wait-and-see approach.
"It could set me back for camps," Cox said. "I don't know what I'll be able to do. We're going to have to see how well it's rehabbed by then. That's the plan right now."