Cox excited about ASU commitment

By his own admission, Chans Cox has probably made the 180-mile trek from his home in Lakeside, Ariz. to Tempe approximately ten times in the past six months. Today's unofficial visit however, had a much different feel to it. The four-star prospect has had his sights set on Arizona State for several days and today during an unofficial visit he gave the Sun Devil staff his verbal pledge.

"I didn't think I was going to commit this early," Cox said. "But then I really sat down with my family and narrowed it down to Arizona State and Notre Dame, and I liked a lot of the stuff that was going down at ASU. So I was looking forward to committing today.

"They (ASU) are really instilling discipline and character in the program and that is something that means a whole lot to me. I really love the coaching staff as well and they always impress me when I visit with them. I have visited with Coach Graham a lot and I really looked forward to coming down and committing to him."

Cox was accompanied today by both of his parents, his sister and her boyfriend, and his girlfriend. The linebacker knew that when he revealed to the ASU coaches the list of guests that were going to join him today, that he more than tipped his hand about his intentions.

"I know the (ASU) coaches were looking forward to this visit," Cox stated, "and they had a gut feel that I was going to commit on this visit. It was just a crazy atmosphere today and everybody was excited for me. I waited a little a bit when the visit started, and committed about 30, 45 minutes into the visit. I know they had a quarterback commit from Georgia (Joshua Dobbs) today too so that was great.

"Last week after talking to my family, I knew I was going to commit and we really started making plans to visit the school and come down here for a little vacation. So this visit wasn't all business, it was some pleasure too."

The Scout.com recruiting analyst team ranks the 6-3 230-pound Chans Cox as the nation's number one fullback in the 2013 class. He will however, play the ‘Devil' backer position at ASU, which is a hybrid outside linebacker/defensive end role.

In a recent evaluation of Cox, the Scout.com recruiting analyst team had this to say about the Blue Ridge High School star:

Cox stars on both sides of the ball, showing out at both inside linebacker and fullback. On defense, he shows his toughness and excellent football instincts while showing his speed, quickness and high level athleticism at fullback. He's a tough kid who covers a lot of ground at linebacker and is a natural run stuffer. At fullback he's quick through the hole with good hands out of the backfield and could easily play on either side of the ball in college.

Cox collected 61 tackles, rushed for 682 yards and scored 16 TDs (3 rec.), was named to the All-State team and was voted Defensive Player of the Year in Arizona's High School's Division IV, as the Yellow Jackets captured the state championship with a perfect 14-0 mark.

"I have a really good idea of what I'm coming into," Cox commented on his future role with ASU. "Some schools wanted me on offense and in the beginning I didn't care where I was going to play. But later on I knew that I had the greatest potential at linebacker."

Cox has garnered offers from several Pac-12 schools, as well as Arkansas, Boise State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Notre Dame among others. As one of the highest rated local recruits in this class, Cox hopes that his pledge today will pave the way for other elite local prospects to join him in Tempe.

"I will go ahead and start recruiting some of the local players," Cox said. "I think now a lot of the in-state guys that see me committed will start looking even more at ASU. I'm fired up to start recruiting some of these guys.

"I'm proud to be an in-state guy committing to ASU and I'm happy that I get to play close to my family and friends and have a great fan base that will always be behind me. It's going to be a great journey and I'm excited to take part of it."

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