Sokol enjoys visits

Junior College quarterback Cody Sokol took a visit to Arizona and Iowa this past week. Read on to see what he thought about the visits, when he will decide, and more.

With Junior College Signing Day kicking off on Wednesday, Scottsdale Community College quarterback Cody Sokol had no time to waste last week and fit in two visits, one to Arizona and the other to Iowa, in less than seven days. Both of the offers from the schools are about a week old, and the 6-foot-2, 205-pound sophomore had a good time in both Tucson and Iowa City.

"I really enjoyed my trip up to Iowa," Sokol said. "I got to actually talk with all of the coaches and players and really see what their insight to Iowa was and how they felt about it, the positive and negatives. It was a productive trip, I really got to have a lot of my questions answered.

"At Arizona, I went down to really talk with the coaching staff and see where they were really at and where they saw my future down at Arizona. I got to ask a lot of questions as well as bond with the coaches and spend a lot of time with them."

Sokol, who was born in Iowa but played his high school ball at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix before transferring to Scottsdale CC, really enjoyed the chance to sit down with Arizona's new head coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff and find out what they have in store for the program."

"Coach Rodriguez is a good dude, he's funny," Sokol said. "He has a great sense of humor. He's definitely a player's coach, so we kind of bonded. He showed a lot of interest in me, so I really liked him a lot.

"I really liked the coaching staff down there, you can tell they're player's coaches. They treat everyone equally, they're big on family, so I really enjoyed my time with the coaching staff and the things they had to say about the new things they were doing and how they were trying to make Arizona a powerhouse."

Heading into his visit, Sokol, who passed for 3807 yards and 43 touchdowns at Scottsdale in 2011, admitted he was a little skeptical of the Wildcats' new spread option that Rodriguez will feature. However, after a long discussion with Rodriguez and the rest of the offensive coaching staff, those worries have been completely erased from Sokol's mind.

"We talked about his system quite a bit, that was one of my biggest questions going down there," Sokol said. "He answered it pretty well. He told me his offenses are built around his quarterback; whatever quarterback he has, he alters his offense to him. For me, he said he would open up the passing game a lot more.

"It would be the same option looks, but a little more option pass. He'd utilize my arm more than my feet, and he made it clear that they want me and they intend to use me as a thrower. All of my questions were answered, and I can now see myself fitting in that system."

Although he has the opportunity to sign as soon as Tuesday, don't expect a decision from Sokol just yet, as he'll likely take through Christmas to weigh his options.

"I'm just going to wait until the end of December to take it all in, go over all of my visits, and narrow it down to what school I want to go to next year and where I can see myself best fitting," Sokol said. "I'll be deciding next week sometime between Cincinnati, Florida International, Iowa, and Arizona."

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