Coaches checking in on Chans

Chans Cox (Pinetop, Ariz./Blue Ridge) is one of the more versatile athletes on the West Coast in the class of 2013. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound two-way standout is at home at linebacker or running back. He excels enough on both sides of the ball that college coaches are split on where they see him fitting best.

Cox said while most schools among his 15 scholarship offers see him fitting better on defense, USC and Nebraska are two schools that see him as an offensive player. But he said playing on one side or the other won't affect his decision.

"I love both sides of the ball," Cox said. "If I went to a school to play offense, those coaches would coach me up and make me a good player there, and the same would be true of defense."

During the spring evaluation period, Cox has heard from USC, Arizona State and Arkansas over the phone. He said the Trojans called him during the first weekend they were permitted to make calls. USC defensive coordinator Ed Orgeron visited his school on Wednesday. BYU, Arkansas, Colorado and Nebraska have also been by. Notre Dame and Oregon have told Cox they will be out sometime next week.

"I really wasn't expecting all this hype," Cox said of the recruiting process. "It's kind of crazy and unexpected, but I'm just looking forward to everything this will bring."

Cox said he has no plans to rush through the process and wants to remain uncommitted while he takes several official visits this fall. He added that he would like to make his decision and commitment late in the fall.