"It was amazing," Boise State QB commit Chase Cord said of his recent visit to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl in Oakland, Calif. "It was crazy. It was quite the experience to showcase all my talent and hard work.
"I'm very blessed. I couldn't have been happier with the outcome of the weekend, not just getting the trophy, but the whole experience and getting coaching from some amazing guys."
Cord began his senior year at Sunrise Mountain High School just eight months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He fully admits that he wasn't 100% healthy throughout the season, especially with his injury leading to other, smaller hiccups in the recovery process.
His final prep season ended after he set the Arizona career record for touchdown passes with 137. He had more than a month to continue getting healthy before traveling to Oakland and lighting up the opposing defense.
"It was a great opportunity to show that the knee injury affected me for six months, but once I fully recovered, I was good to go," Cord said. "To play in this bowl game after the high school season was nice. I feel like I started fresh and was able to focus on the game."
Cord worked with JJ McCleskey, an NFL veteran who served as the Pacific team's offensive coordinator. He enjoyed the entire process, but added that only getting two practices with a new system before playing was different than what he was used to.
"It was a good experience," he said. "Only two practices before the game was different, especially going from high school where you practice a lot and get into a routine."
Cord made the most of his chances, however, throwing three touchdown passes in the win.
After the game, he got a chance to chat with Super Bowl champion quarterback Kurt Warner, who sent what many felt was an inflammatory tweet that bashed the signal-callers who played in the game. Cord wasn't upset at all and actually enjoyed the discussion.
"I wasn't offended. I knew what he meant," he said. "I'm not going to point fingers. I know I didn't get my all my reads right and that I missed some throws, but it is what it is. He apologized. Even though it seemed direct, he didn't mean to offend or upset me. We talked some ball afterwards."
With signing day just over a week away, Cord remains solid in his commitment to Boise State, despite some late interest from Baylor University.
"Baylor's receivers coach (messaged) me and asked if I was interested," Cord said. "It's tough because it's so close to signing day and I was always an RGIII fan. I had to tell him that I was solid in my commitment this late in the year.
"Getting interest in schools early was a big deal for me. It shows that I was a priority for me. I'm super excited and I'm solid with Boise State. I have a home I'm going to and I can't wait to sign and get up there."