Trojans offer Arizona athlete

Two-way standout Chans Cox (Lakeside, Ariz./Blue Ridge) added another scholarship offer to his list on Thursday, as the USC Trojans became the latest program to extend one to the 6-foot-2, 225-pound athlete.

"I was really surprised," Cox said of the offer from USC. "I haven't made any top lists of schools yet, but they will definitely fall into that top category."

Cox is familiar with the USC staff, as he attended their junior day in early February. While there were hundreds of people on campus, Cox said the coaches make a point to single him out and put in some one-on-one time.

"They made it clear they were interested," said Cox, adding that USC is recruiting him as an H-back, capable of serving as a tight end or fullback.

During the junior day, the USC coaches told Cox that they wanted to see him again at their summer camp. But Cox put in a phone call to USC recruiting coordinator Ed Orgeron on Wednesday. Though Orgeron missed the call and Cox was forced to leave a message, he's glad he did.

"This morning, my high school coach said I needed to call USC back," Cox said. "When I did, they said they were really excited about me and I had an offer."

Cox is remaining open to all schools that would like to recruit him, and said he is interested in taking summer visits to schools such as Arkansas, Notre Dame, Nebraska and USC, although nothing is set up at the moment. He is being recruited on both sides of the ball and said he has no preference for where he plays at the next level. He did add that he isn't very familiar with how his position is utilized in the USC offense, so he is looking forward to paying close attention to that during the 2012 season.

Cox holds double-digit offers from schools such as Boise State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Nebraska and Washington.