After Pasadena (Calif.) quarterback Brandon Cox and Arizona decided to go in different directions…
Utah Gets Another QB
"We just committed to Utah about 45 minutes ago. As a family, we felt that this is the best opportunity for Brandon to be successful."
The relationship built with the coaching staff during the recruiting process and on his visit made the decision an easy one for Cox.
"Kyle Whittingham and his staff are all first class guys. They really made Brandon feel welcome and like Salt Lake City is where he should be. Utah is the best fit for my son as a school and the quarterback position."
After watching UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley carve up the Utah defense on Saturday with both his arm and legs, the elder Cox points out Utah's desire for someone with that skill set, something Brandon brings to the table.
"They want someone that can run and throw. Brandon can do both of those things very well. They made him feel like he was the best guy for what they want to do with the offense. We saw what the UCLA quarterback did against Utah yesterday with his legs, running the zone read, and throwing the ball well. Those are the things that Brandon can do. There's not another QB out there with Brandon's speed."
Utah has had a propensity for turning athletic QB recruits into players at others positions, but both the Ute coaching staff and the Cox family want him behind center.
"We're set on playing QB and Utah is set on him being a quarterback. If both parties weren't sure he'd be at quarterback, then we wouldn't have committed. The coaches indicated that Brandon can come in and compete right away because of his unique skill set."
Brandon currently is overcoming an injury that has kept him off of the football field, but is progressing towards recovery and hopes to be ready to play again in a few months.
"Right now he has a joint facture in his foot. Brandon got out of a cast last week and is now in a walking shoe. Once he gets out of that we'll start rehab and he can hopefully be ready to play in the California State 5 Star Game that he was invited to."
The 6-3, 195 pounder is also a star on the baseball field as a pitcher, center fielder, and someone that bats leadoff. Those baseball skills may translate over to the college level should he choose to pursue it.
"If he wasn't playing baseball, Brandon probably would have graduated early, but he wanted to play his senior year. He did meet with the Utah baseball coach, but football is his first love so that will be the focus. If he does want to play baseball, he'll have that option."
With his commitment out of the way, Cox can focus on getting healthy and preparing for his future as a Ute.
"Brandon is happy and found where he wants to be. He's 100% committed to Utah."
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