Rather than use his injury as an way of excusing himself from his Junior season, Chase Cord used the setback to his advantage. When spring football rolled around for the Mustangs, Cord settled into a quasi-coaching roll.
"I have been doing a lot of teaching and helping," the 6'3 185lb playmaker said. "We get better during the offseason, even if I can't play.
"It was tough to hear when we first found out about my knee. But I've been going at it with a positive mindset and I've had a great support group around me."
Cord, who compares his style of play to Robert Griffin III during his days at Baylor, says he has been able to see the game in a different light this spring, something that will allow him to improve on a junior campaign where he threw for 3,173 yards and 52 touchdowns while rushing for 1,059 and 13 more, respectively.
All his effort has been paying off as college coaches see enormous potential for him. He holds offers from Colorado, Illinois, Iowa State, Boise State, Indiana, Oregon State and San Diego State, among many others - including a number of Ivy League schools.
Last month Cord visited Colorado. He has also checked out Arizona State in the past as he lives near the campus. Last weekend he took a plane to the City of Trees to see Boise State. He raved about the experience.
"I went up there with my grandpa and my dad," he said. "We got up there and it was beautiful. It was pretty easy getting through the airport and up to the school."
Waiting for Cord at the football building was a contingent of orange and blue-clad Boise State coaches.
"There were nine or 10 coaches there. We met all of them right away," he said. "It was impressive. It was nice."
Cord spent the day with head coach Bryan Harsin and co-offensive coordinator Zak Hill as the group conversed was able to chat with a professor of communications at Boise State. It was exciting for the Arizona signal caller as he wants to major in broadcast journalism.
Overall, the trip to Boise blew Cord away.
"Being there and seeing the blue field, everyone knows about it and has seen it on TV, but it's not a real thing until you're standing on it," he said. "I was very appreciative of (the coaches). It was great."
At this time Cord does not have any other visits planned. That may change at any moment, but he knows what he is looking for in a school.
"I want to feel like I'm at home," Cord said. "I want to be at a school where I'm comfortable, somewhere I want to spend four or five years at. The environment of the school is important."
As he continues to rehab his knee, - he will be cleared in July and will be ready for fall camp before his senior year - Cord wants to make a decision and commit sooner rather than later.
"There are a lot of 2017 quarterbacks who have committed, and the other half will commit soon," he said. "A lot of schools take one, so it's a position thing. Quarterbacks come off the board early. I want to commit this summer."
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