Ducks In Cox's Top Three

One of the top signal-callers on the West Coast for the class of 2013, Pasadena (CA) three-star quarterback Brandon Cox is on cusp of exploding on to the scene come the May evaluation period. With an offer from Arizona already in hand, Cox discussed with eDuck his top three schools and who may be visiting him next month.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No I do not have an offer from Oregon."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"I've been getting a lot of letters of interest from Oregon. They invited me to their camp in June and they talked to my high school advisor and asked him a couple of questions. They also talked to my coaches."

Have you had any one-on-one contact with any coaches from Oregon up until this point?

"No I haven't. They've pretty much talked to everybody else but me."

In their conversations with your advisor and coaches, what kind of things have the Oregon coaches been wanting to know about you?

"They [the Oregon coaches] just collected my SAT scores and they wanted to know basically what kind of person I am, how I conduct myself on and off the field, and they've seen my highlight tape and everything like that, so I guess they're just trying to see how I'm like as a person."

Do you have any plans to attend Oregon's camp in June at this time?

"I'm actually trying to talk to my parents about that right now and see if I can get up there to Oregon. If I can, I'll definitely want to get up there."

What is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"I'm very interested in Oregon. It's not so much frustrating, but it's kind of like I'm anticipating hearing from them and you want to hear from them...That's one of the top choices I've had. I've always been an Oregon fan and I think I'd do well in their scheme, their offensive scheme, so I could see myself going there. I want them to contact me, but I'm not trying to rush anything."

Outside of their offensive schemes, is there anything in particular that stands out to you about Oregon?

"The prestige of the school is probably the main thing, but as far as my main interest, it's the whole thing about I think fit well in that offense. If I could see myself running an offense, it would be doing well in that offense, so that's probably the reason I like them the most."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I would describe myself as a pocket passer that's able to move around the pocket and create plays with his legs. I'm always a pass-first type of quarterback...I feel I'm a pro-style quarterback. I can stand in the pocket and deliver the football. If things break down, I'm always going to try and extend the play and that's what I think separates me from everybody else. I have that option of taking a broken play and still making it in to a 60-yard gain."

Is there anyone at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"Well, of course, Michael Vick's always been my biggest role model. That's who I wanted to be when I started playing this position, so I look up to him and I like the way he dictates. I also like the way Peyton Manning plays, as far as mental preparation goes. His mental preparation is unbelievable. I just try to make myself a mixture of Michael Vick and Peyton Manning."

What are you looking for in a program?

"It'll probably be the coaching staff. If me and the coaching staff have a great relationship and I like the way they run things at the school and if I think I can fit well in their offense; basically if I think I can fit in well there, that's who I'll probably pick. It's just a feel type of thing. If everything feels right and everything, that's the school I'll probably pick."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"Yeah, I think I want to major in communications and going in to TV broadcasting, or I want to major in education and become an English teacher or a football coach. I love the sport of football, so I kind of want to stay around it as much as I can."

What are some of the offers you currently hold from other programs?

"I've been offered by Arizona and there's a whole bunch of schools that are on the brink of offering me. There's just a whole bunch of schools that want to come up to the school and watch me throw. I know that Duke is going to come in May, Arizona is going to come to my school in May, and there's a few other schools that are going to come see me throw. They say if they like the way I throw, my footwork, my release, they're going to offer me."

Do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point?

"Yeah, I'd probably say Arizona's my number one and even though Oregon hasn't offered me or contacted me, I'd say they're my number two. Then I like Arizona State as my number three...That's kind of it for right now as far as my top choices and the schools I talk to a lot. There's a whole lot of schools I have interest in, but I haven't gotten deep in to the recruiting process with them because I haven't seen the school or met the coaches. Those are just the schools I have a feel for right now."

As far as camps, unofficial visits, and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I've been up to USC and UCLA -- I've been to their Junior Days and I'll probably visit both of their camps. I've been to Arizona's Junior Day and I want to go to Oregon's Junior Day and Oregon's camp. Besides that, that's probably it."

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