Top linebacker keeping options open

Chans Cox is one of the top linebackers in the country. Read on to see how he views Arizona, possible visits, and more.

Despite playing against small school competition and not finishing his junior season due to injury, 2013 Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge linebacker Chans Cox has become one of the highest-rated high school football recruits in the country.

"It's nice anytime people think highly of your football skills," Cox said. "Right now, I'm just trying to rehabilitate my shoulder that I dislocated last season. I'm getting pretty close and it's just very exciting to get closer to being full strength again.

"This past year has been a little frustrating, but things have gotten a lot better. I can't wait for football season to start again and hopefully we'll win the state championship. Other than winning the championship, I don't have any real individual goals, but I'd certainly like to get as many tackles and rushing yards as possible."

Cox says that one of the main reasons he is getting so many offers is because he is versatile.

"Most schools are recruiting me at linebacker, but a few are recruiting me at H-back or fullback," Cox said. "They like that I have the ability to play both. I love each position and can see myself playing either spot."

Cox is still gathering information on schools but has an idea of places he wants to check out.

"I've already been to places like Nebraska and Notre Dame" Cox said. "I'd like to make it up to Boise St and Arkansas, to name a few. There are just quite a few schools that interest me that I'd like to check out."

While Cox will be one of the most highly recruited players in the country, he is not opposed to staying in-state.

"I will definitely check out the in-state schools," Cox said. "They're both close which is nice. I just want to find the place that I feel most comfortable with. I've talked with the UA coaching staff and coach Rodriguez wants me to come down and check out the campus.

"I plan on doing that as soon as possible. I just want to get a feel for everything there and see the players and coaches up close. The coaches seem pretty cool, so I'm looking forward to it."

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