Pasadena quarterback Brandon Cox traveled to Tucson to meet the staff and check out the UA campus for the first time. The highly touted signal-caller took the time to sit down with head coach Rich Rodriguez and his assistants to discuss his potential future if he became a Wildcat.
"They showed some of their offense and some of the things I could do," Cox said. "I followed Coach Rodriguez when he was at West Virginia and at Michigan. I like what he did when he was there and I feel like I fit perfectly. They told me the system fits the quarterback they have. They had Denard Robinson at Michigan and they were more of a balanced team with throwing the ball and running the ball since he was so skilled when he ran the ball.
"With me, I like to throw the ball a little more, so they said if I came it would be a little more pass oriented, but they like a mobile quarterback so I feel I fit the scheme very well."
There was more to talk about than just on-the-field opportunities. The new staff also took the time to inform Cox of the facility upgrades that are currently underway.
"They were telling me about the new facilities they are about to put in," Cox said. "And all the work they are putting into that and how nice it's going to look. They were trying to show me the breakdown of it and tell me about it."
There is no secret that the Wildcats are in desperate need for a quarterback after 2012. The only scholarship players scheduled to be on the roster in 2012 behind senior Matt Scott are incoming freshmen Javelle Allen and Josh Kern.
The coaching staff has made quarterback a priority and have had discussions with Cox about the opportunity for him to play early at UA.
"Basically just how I could come in and compete for a starting job early," Cox said. "They only have one quarterback on scholarship right now, so that's kind of a big part of it. I kind of want to play early; I don't like to sit on the bench. When he told me they only have one scholarship quarterback right now and I have a chance to come in and compete early, that contributes to me liking the school a lot."
Cox came away from the visit impressed with Arizona and the Wildcats seem to have benefited from getting him on campus early in his recruitment.
"It affected a lot actually," Cox said. "It gave me a feel of what the coaches are like. Just seeing them in person – I talked to Coach Smith and Coach Anae on the phone and I knew they were good people – but seeing them in person and interacting with them and everything was a big deal."
The trip to Tucson allowed Cox to get more comfortable with the Arizona football program and now he has UA right at the top of his list.
"I'd probably have Arizona as my first choice as of right now," Cox said.
While the Wildcats appear to have an early advantage in Cox's recruitment, there is still a lot that can happen between now and when he decides. When that choice will come has yet to be determined but, for now, Cox plans on taking a few more visits before making a final decision.
"That was just an unofficial," Cox said. "So, I will probably wait and take all my officials and everything and look at all of the other schools I kind of want to look at. If I like a school and I talk it over with my parents I am not going to wait until signing day.
"If I find the right school and I like what's going on and I like the system and I like the coaches and everything, I'll decide as soon as I can."