Pasadena junior quarterback Brandon Cox, a prized recruit in the Pac-12 with an offer from Arizona, moved up to the varsity baseball team this season. He’s still raw by baseball standards, but his talent is evident.
“He’s a natural athlete,” Parisi said. “If he dedicated himself to baseball he’s a kid that with his speed, size and strength he’d have the chance to be a good all around player, and potentially be drafted.”
It’s no secret that Cox, a three-star quarterback ranked No. 35 in the nation at his position by Rivals, will take the football rout when it’s all said and done. But his presence alone is having an effect.
“He’s still learning baseball,” Parisi said. “But just by him being on the team and being in the dugout makes our players better.”
Cox, a right fielder, is batting .300 so far this season. Parisi isn’t sure if he’ll remain with the team his senior year when he’ll be surrounded by a recruiting circus.
“I’m hoping I can get him his senior year, but I know he’s trying to commit and sign early,” Parisi said.
If Cox does commit early there’s talk he could graduate early, though it’s still too early to tell.
“I know it’s a thought in his mind,” Parisi said.