During at least several games, Cord had ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell, Assistant Athletics Director for Recruiting Patrick Suddes, as well as former quarterback Taylor Kelly -- who was working the event -- and senior quarterback Mike Bercovici watching his every move.
Surprisingly, Cord said he was unaware of all the eyes on him during the game.
“I didn't know they were all there," Cord said. "Earlier coach Norvell talked to me briefly before my first game of the night. He said he was excited to see me. Coach (Todd) Graham actually spoke with me after that game. He said he wants to come out and see me play a game. He also talked to me about coming back for their camp.”
Cord took over as Sunrise Mountain’s starting varsity quarterback halfway through his freshman season. He accounted for 21 touchdowns in seven games.
Last year as a sophomore Cord completed 139 out of 228 attempted (61 percent) for 2,286 yards with 33 touchdowns and only five interceptions.
A dual-threat, Cord also rushed 146 times for 933 yards with 12 scores. He said he was laser timed this spring at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Despite his impressive measurables and game performance, Cord has yet to pick up a scholarship offer. Some of that can be attributed to playing in the west valley, which is still an under recruited area.
“[Besides ASU] I have had some contact with [Arizona], Colorado State, Boise State and Air Force,” Cord said. “Oregon had a coach come by during spring practice too. I really don’t think any of them are close to offering me though.”
Cord did participate at the Elite-11 camp in Oakland last month. He plans to camp at one of ASU’s local camps this summer and may go to Colorado’s camp at Phoenix College June 8. Other than that he said he has no plans to visit or camp at any other schools this summer.
“Just having coaches come around this spring to really visit for me was exciting,” Cord admitted. “Getting to talk to coach Graham and coach Norvell is exciting.
“[Playing in college at high level] has always been a goal. That is something I have always wanted to do. I am looking to forward to having that opportunity one day.”
Born and raised in Arizona, Cord said that he has camped at ASU each of the past two summers and has some familiarity with the program.
“I grew up out here,” Cord said. “My dad is from here. My mom went to ASU. I always have been a fan of ASU and the program. I think from going to the camps the last two years and being at the 7-on-7s and hearing coach Graham talk, that I really like him. I have gotten to talk to coach Norvell at the camps and he is really cool. I just think I really like the coaches and everything that is going on there.”
Despite the attraction and the early attention from the Sun Devils, an offer will probably not yield an immediate commitment.
“From talking with my mom and my dad, if I get an offer, we are going to discuss it first as a family before I make any decisions,” Cord said. “It would be really exciting if ASU offered. I would love the opportunity.”