Chans Cox was the prized recruit of Todd Graham‘s 2013 recruiting class. The four-star local legend graduated high school early and enrolled early so that he could participate in spring practice for the Arizona State Sun Devils and start his rise to stardom as soon as possible. That will have to wait at least a little longer, however, after an ankle injury could force the future ASU star to the sidelines for the rest of the spring.
During the first day of full practice, Cox aggravated an ankle injury that nagged him throughout his senior season at Lakeside Blue Ridge High School while going through drills. He has been sporting a walking boot at subsequent practices with what Graham has called a sprain and has been doing exercises on the sidelines rather than participating in practice.
While Graham hasn’t officially ruled Cox out for the rest of the spring period, it doesn’t look good for the freshman to make it back. In addition to the walking boot, the Sun Devils head coach said that Cox would be undergoing surgery to clean up the ankle. Whether they wait until after spring practice to see if Cox can come back for a bit or get the procedure done earlier, that doesn’t sound like he’ll be at 100 percent in this practice period.
Cox was slated as a favorite for the Devilbacker position next season, though missing the reps this spring could set his development back. His athleticism and playmaking, however, will make it difficult for the coaching staff to keep him off the field once he’s completely healthy, which he figures to be once fall camp opens.