Quarterback excited about offer

Pasadena (Calif.) quarterback Brandon Cox recently added an offer from Arizona. Read on to see how he feels, what his next step is, and more.

Arizona recently concluded Signing Day for the 2012 recruiting class, but there is no time to rest for the staff as there are already 2013 prospects garnering national attention.

Quarterback is the most important position in head coach Rich Rodriguez's system, so it's no surprise that the staff continues to chase after several candidates that could ultimately fit the system.

One such player that the Wildcats have recently offered is Pasadena (Calif.) prospect Brandon Cox. The dual-threat signal-caller caught the eyes of college coaches across the country in 2011 and it earned him a trip to last month's U.S. Army Combine.

The soon to be high school senior came away pleased with his experience and was satisfied to go up against some of the best competition from across the nation.

"It was a good experience," Cox said. "You get the opportunity to meet players from all around the country and interact with them and play against good competition. So it was fun."

His set of skills are typical of what Rodriguez looks for in his quarterbacks, so there is no surprise that UA extended an opportunity to become a Wildcat. Offensive line coach Robert Anae was the one to offer Cox and the Pasadena product has been able to build a good rapport with the Wildcats' assistant.

"Coach Anae and I are starting to build a really nice relationship," Cox said. "He's a really cool guy. Our relationship is getting really good and I am really looking forward to meeting the rest of the coaching staff."

Cox has also spent time getting to know Arizona's new co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks' coach Rod Smith in recent weeks.

"I have talked to coach Smith, the quarterback coach," Cox said. "We talked for a while, so we are starting build a nice relationship and I am really looking forward to getting to know him and everyone else."

The system Arizona will run is likely to be similar to what Rodriguez ran in his days at West Virginia and Michigan. Cox realizes he is the type of player that tends to excel under Rodriguez's offensive philosophy and believes he could thrive in the spread-option.

"I think I fit perfectly in that system," Cox said. "I feel like I can work with an offense that gives me an opportunity to showcase my ability throwing and running also. So, it's a really good fit for me."

The quarterback would like to eventually take a trip to Arizona's campus, but hasn't set an exact date at this point in time.

"I had thought about it," Cox said. "I am not sure when I am going to take my visit, but I am taking it into consideration. I have been talking to coach Smith about it and we'll probably sit down and talk about a date for me to take my official visit. Probably some time in the spring or the summer."

A visit would be crucial for UA in the recruitment of Cox as it appears there will be some extremely tough competition to beat for his services.

"Auburn has shown a lot of interest in me," Cox said. "Oregon and UCLA have shown a lot of interest. They are the closest, but they haven't offered yet. We're just sitting back and enjoying the recruiting process."

There is going to be growing interest in the California prospect over the coming months as he already has prominent BCS programs looking in his direction. He doesn't have a list of favorites at this point in time as he is still in the process of familiarizing himself with the programs that are showing him interest.

"I am just weighing my options," Cox said. "I'm trying to get to know everybody and trying build relationships and whoever I like the most and feel most comfortable with and trust will probably be my choice."

Cox isn't quite sure when he will make a decision and he will choose his school whenever it feels right for him.

"If me and a coaching staff build a relationship and I like it, I will decide as soon as I can," Cox said. "I am starting to get to know Arizona, so they are probably ahead of everyone right now because they offered me. But besides that, if I like the school and I like what they are about, I will commit as soon as I can."

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