DuckTerritory's "Pick One" series rolls on as we take a look at the Arizona State Sun Devils' recruiting class and ask Duck fans, "Who is the one recruit you would love to see Oregon have?"
Cox would be a dream pickup for the Ducks if they could have one player from Arizona State's class.
The recent success of the spread offense in the Pac-12 Conference has pushed more and more teams within the conference to adopt "wide-open" offensive principles. Before current Sun Devils head coach Todd Graham took over the program prior to this season, Arizona State under Dennis Erickson employed an offensive philosophy predicated on spreading defenses and exploiting favorable one-on-one matchups. Elements of Erickson's philosophy remain under Graham, though the Sun Devils have worked to incorporated more read option tenets into the offense. With that, Graham and the Sun Devils have begun assembling offensive personnel that better fit these schemes. Alpharetta (Ga.) four-star quarterback Joshua Dobbs is without a doubt the best representative of this shift in values, as Dobbs will arrive in Tempe as arguably the nation's most underrated dual-threat quarterback and quite possibly the Sun Devils' top overall recruit of the 18 current commits to their 2013 class. Though Oregon never showed significant interest in Dobbs during the recruiting process, he is one player from the Sun Devils' class who may be an excellent fit for the Ducks if you were to take one player from this class.
Defensively, Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge four-star linebacker Chans Cox challenges Dobbs for billing as Arizona State's top prospect, though unlike Dobbs, the Ducks showed early interest in Cox during the recruiting process. Three-star safety Jayme Otomewo, three-star linebackers Viliami and Alani Latu, and three-star tight end Grant Martinez also join Cox as players who received middling interest from Oregon at various points through out the current recruiting cycle.
Four-star linebacker Chans Cox -- 6'2", 220 lbs. -- Lakeside (Ariz.) Blue Ridge
Dobbs would be an intriguing pick given his skill-set and ability to potentially flourish in the Oregon offense, but as is the case for virtually every quarterback in the 2013 class, the position itself is not a particular area of emphasis for the Ducks this year. Instead, Cox would be our selection as the player from the Arizona State class that Oregon would covet the most.
Rated as one of the top linebackers in the entire country, Cox's athleticism is what separates him from the majority of his counterparts. With linebackers Tyrell Robinson, Joe Walker, and Danny Mattingly already committed to the Ducks, a dream addition of Cox to that crop of linebacker recruits would almost assuredly make Duck fans swoon. Moonlighting as an accomplished running back for his high school team, Cox's versatility could also be put to particularly good use on offense at Oregon, where package plays as a ball carrier or receiver could be implemented to take advantage of his talents a la Colt Lyerla.