QB not afraid of competition

Arizona was the first school to offer quarterback Brandon Cox, but he does not seem to be closer to a decision. Read on to see the other schools involved, when he wants to decide, and more.

The Arizona Wildcats will enter this season with Matt Scott as the presumed leader of the offense. At the end of the season, Scott will graduate and the future of the Wildcats' offense could be dependent on quarterbacks who haven't even made it to campus, or even committed, yet.

One of the players in those categories is Pasadena quarterback Brandon Cox. Arizona was the first school to offer Cox back in February and he has since added offers from New Mexico State and Utah State.

The 6-2, 185-pound 2013 prospect has kept in contact with the Arizona coaches, talking to quarterbacks coach Rod Smith on a regular basis.

"I talk to Rod Smith often," Cox said. "It's the best thing possible for me and him to talk and communicate about things."

The Arizona Wildcats already have one commitment at quarterback for the 2013 class and will look to take one or two more, but Cox isn't worried about that situation.

"Anu Solomon's commitment isn't really affecting my recruitment too much," he said. "I know that they want to take a few quarterbacks."

Cox had talked to the Arizona coaches about the situation long before Solomon committed and is even pleased that there could be more competition for playing time if he decides to go to Arizona.

"I still have a lot of interest in Arizona and I'm not afraid of competition either," Cox said. "If I do decide to go to Arizona and me and him are in it, it would be fun to try to beat him out.

"We would both go in there competing for the starting job, so that's really how I view it."

The senior-to-be likes Arizona and has it at the top of his list, but is still looking around at other schools. Oregon visited his high school recently to watch him throw and left after inviting him to a camp over the summer. Cox would like to attend, but hasn't planned out his summer fully yet.

"That went well," he said. "They came up to one of my practices to see me throw. They liked what they saw and want to come back and see me again sometime next week."

Cox will attend the Elite 11 camp in Las Vegas on June 15 and also wants to try and attend as many passing camps as he can to try to get more exposure.

In addition to attending camps, Cox will also start planning out where he will take his official visits. He is unsure of where he will visit besides Arizona, but several other Pac-12 schools are starting to grab his attention.

"I'm looking at Vanderbilt, Duke, Oregon State, Washington State, Oregon, USC, UCLA, and that's about it right now," he said.

Cox doesn't have a time frame for his decision yet, but would like to get it over with sooner rather than wait. However, he hasn't completely ruled out waiting until Signing Day to decide.

"As of right now, I don't have a timetable for my decision," Cox said. "I'm just going off of what I'm feeling and what feels right.

"Hopefully, it doesn't go to Signing Day, but if it needed to, it would. I hope to be able to narrow down my choices before too long."


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