- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
The success head coach Rich Rodriguez has had with quarterbacks is paying dividends in his first full recruiting class at Arizona. The Wildcats added their third quarterback on Thursday, gaining a commitment from dual-threat signal caller Brandon Cox (Pasadena, Calif./Pasadena). Cox narrowed his decision to Arizona and Oregon, and after coming away from the Ducks camp without an offer, he said the decision was easy.
"I wanted to see Oregon to see how it related to Arizona," Cox said. "Arizona felt like a second home for me. I had a great relationship with the coaches.
"I'm excited to be a Wildcat."
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound quarterback said he was as excited to make the call as the Arizona coaching staff was to receive it. Now, he's setting his mind to following in the footsteps of former Rodriguez quarterbacks.
"Of course that's in my mind," he said. "He's had Denard Robinson and Pat White, and I think we all have the same ability. I'm a little bigger, but as far as our skill sets, they are similar. Robinson is more of a runner and I'm more of a passer, but I like to run as well. It shows me that I can be the next one in line."
Cox knew he wanted to commit before his senior season, but he surprised even himself that he was comfortable enough to make the decision today. He said he talked it over with his parents before committing, and when they were all in agreement, he made the call.
"It doesn't have any effect on me," he said. "You have to compete wherever you go and we're all going to have the same opportunity. None of us have experience at that level, so may the best man win. I'm definitely going to put in that extra work because I want to play early."
Cox is Arizona's 15th commitment in the 2013 class. He selected the Wildcats over offers from Iowa State, Maryland, New Mexico State and Utah State.