The Nebraska Cornhuskers are somewhat picky when it comes to recruiting, so an offer this time of year is special.
Many recruitniks have wondered why Nebraska hadn't offered 4-star Arizona linebacker Chans Cox. Watching his film, it's easy to see why schools like Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Washington, Arkansas, among others have offered. The junior visited Nebraska unofficially during the Ohio State game. He has family ties to the state.
But Nebraska had something else in mind. And shared it with the junior when they offered him a scholarship on Monday.
"Coach Brown said they are looking at me more as a H back," said Cox. "It's different and pretty cool. It would fun playing on the other side of the football. Other schools have brought it up, asking me which side I like more, but this is my first offer on offense."
Cox's grandfather went to UNL. His dad, growing up in Peru, Nebraska, was slightly recruited by the Huskers when he was in high school. It's safe to say, on Saturday's the Huskers are one of the teams the Cox family cheers for.
"It's definitely a special offer, it means a lot," said Cox. "I actually kind of thought nothing was going to happen. They hadn't offered me and I had seen some of the other linebackers they had offered in this class. I had seen they took four guys in the 2012 class, so I thought I might not get an offer from Nebraska."
Cox has taken a few junior day visits and will likely be hitting up other schools in the coming months.
"I really want to get out to as many schools as I can and make a pro and con list," said the 6-foot-3, 220 pound product. "I then will make a top five list.
"Nebraska would definitely be in my top five right now. I liked the place a lot when I visited. It would be a special place."
The Nebraska coaching staff can only hope that Cox's father and grandfather start to whisper in the youngest's ear.
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 during the year with a shoulder injury.
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