Four Star LB Says Duke's In Touch

The Blue Devils have worked the state of Arizona harder than usual over the last few seasons, and now appear to be going back to the well in 2013. This time the top target is four star linebacker Chans Cox.

"Right now I have 13 offers from a number of different schools," said Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge stand out Chans Cox. "I don't have a top five or anything at this point, and I'm in the process of narrowing down different options so that I can concentrate on those schools."

Arizona State, Arizona, Boise State, Duke, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Tulsa, Washington, Oregon State, Notre Dame, and Nebraska have all extended offers to the 6-foot-3, 230 pounder, meaning he's certainly not lacking for options. So what's going to be the deciding factor as he cuts his list?

"It means a lot that these programs were willing to offer me a chance to play for them so early. I really have a lot of great options and it's going to be hard, but the things I'm looking for include the kind of relationships I have with the coaches and players, and how strong the discipline is within the program. Are they strong in their faith? Because that's important in my life."

Usually the summer between the junior and senior seasons involves a lot of time at camps and combines as prospects look to impress onlookers, build their reputations, and earn additional interest from schools. That won't be the case for Cox, however.

"I separated my shoulder in the middle of the season last year, and then got surgery after the year was over. I played the rest of the year (after the injury) in a brace. I had surgery in December and am almost finished with rehab at this point. Mainly it's just range of motion exercises now. Next will come the strengthening portion."

"Luckily the coaches at the different schools have told me they don't need me to camp with them. They've seen my film and are just wanting me to get back healthy and stronger than before."

The Blue Devils are one such staff that has continued to remain in contact with Cox throughout the process.

"Duke has really picked up their interest in me. They are always in touch and selling their program. I talk to Coach Lubick the most, and he's told me all about what they are trying to do there. One thing you know about Duke is they have unmatched academics and they're building a great program as well."

Cox is considered the No. 8 middle linebacker in the country according to

The Blue Ridge product was named all-state and all-region as a sophomore after making 86 tackles and eight sacks.

As a junior, he recorded over 60 tackles and rushed for nearly 700 yard with 10+ touchdowns, despite missing time thanks to the shoulder injury.

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