Arizona State took a close look at Peoria Sunrise Mountain junior Chase Cord last summer during its annual high school passing league tournament, and re-examined the local 2017 quarterback last week.
The Sun Devils haven't extended a scholarship offer, but offensive coordinator Mike Norvell made it out to see Cord in a playoff loss in person last Friday.
“He told me it was great to see me and I made some great plays,” Cord said. “I have been keeping him updated on my season. I am constantly in contact with ASU.”
Based on his junior season statistics, one might assume ASU has been keeping close tabs.
In 12 games, Cord threw for 3173 yards with 52 touchdowns with just six interceptions. He also rushed for over a 1000 yards and added 13 rushing touchdowns.
Cord took over as Sunrise Mountain’s starting varsity quarterback halfway through his freshman season and accounted for 21 touchdowns in seven games. He some of the most impressive numbers of any local quarterback in recent memory.
Last year as sophomore Cord completed 139 out of 228 attempted (61 percent completion rate) for 2286 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 last spring at 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
All told, Cord has accounted for 131 touchdowns in three seasons. He could actually surpass 200 touchdowns for his career next fall if he puts together another big season.
While he met his personal goals for the season, Cord is preparing to be even better for his senior season.
“I set goals at camp (before the season) and I met them,” Cord said. “I thought I did pretty well and I improved over my sophomore season. I had growth as a [quarterback] and whatnot so I thought I did well this season.
“I was talking with coach and I thought I made a good jump from my sophomore to junior year, you know going through the spring and the camps and hopefully I will make the same jump over this off-season. It about the little stuff now with footwork and technique.”
Cord picked his first college scholarship offer from Colorado in October.
“It was a big relief,” Cord said. “I was so excited when it happened and I just called my parents right away to tell them. They could not have been more excited for me. It is such a blessing and something that I have always dreamed about.
“During the season, going through the recruiting process, it's a lot honestly and I just felt relieved to have my first offer and it allowed to just go out and play and not have to worry about numbers.”
ASU and Colorado are not the only programs showing interest in Cord.
“I have been getting mail from Colorado State. I have got some emails and mail from UCLA and Nebraska. [Nebraska’s] offensive coordinator was asking about me and when he could come out to see me throw. Wake Forest, Cal and Arizona have also been sending me mail.
“I am probably going to visit some schools in the spring. I know I want to visit Colorado and see their campus and facilities.”
Arizona State is the only program Cord visited this year.
“I have gone to a couple of games,” Cord said. “I went to the USC game and I was also at the Oregon game recently.”
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. with Basha's Ryan Kelley committing to Oregon this month, Cord is perhaps the top remaining uncommitted quarterback prospect in the state.
“I grew up out here,” Cord said this summer. “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-7’s 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 quick commitment.
“If ASU offered, I would probably see what other offers I could get,” Cord said. “I have talked about it with my parents and I think we are going to wait it out until my senior year to see what other opportunities I have.”
Nonetheless, Cord has been impressed what he has seen from ASU this season, especially when it comes to in-state recruiting.
“I have been following things,” Cord said. “I have been following up on Twitter. I saw that (Chandler prospects) N’Keal Harry and Chase Lucas have committed there and that is definitely cool to see Arizona prospects committing to ASU. That is something that is going to big in the next couple of years and something that I am hopefully going to look into as well. It will come down to what is best for me and my family.”