Getting to know new BYU commit, 4A MVP Kaden Cox (Class of 2022)

Kaden Cox announced today that he’ll be joining BYU’s football team as part of the Class of 2022:

Cox is a 6-foot-0 170-pound quarterback that prepped at Ridgeline High School (Millville, Utah), where he was a three-year starter at quarterback.  His senior season he was an incredible 255-for-356 passing (.716) for 55 touchdowns against just two interceptions.  He also rushed 40 times for 208 yards (5.2 avg) and three more scores.  His quarterback rating was 143.2.  In his prep career Cox passed for 8659 yards and 99 touchdowns and rushed for 687 yards and 14 more touchdowns (MaxPreps).  His 55 touchdowns ranks no. 3 all-time in 4A, his 657 completions ranks sixth, and his 99 touchdowns ranks ninth.

Cox led Ridgeline to an undefeated season and their first 4A state title, handily defeating Dixie 45-20 in the championship game. Cox was named the Herald Journal All-Valley Player of the Year, the 4A All-State MVP, and a member of the All-State first-team.

As a junior Cox went 197-for-281 for 2756 yards and 30 touchdowns to six interceptions.  He rushed 62 times for 54 yards and eight touchdowns. He was named to the All-Region first team and All-State second team.

In his sophomore season Cox went 206-for-332 for 14 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.  He rushed 72 times for 425 yards and three scores.  He also played as a freshman, handling kickoff duties in one game, kicking four times for 231 yards and going 2-for-2 on PATs.

Cox is also a pretty solid basketball player, being named the All-Valley player of the year and an All-State first-team selection in 2021 after averaging 16.3 points, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 steals per game.  A three-years starter on the hardcourt, Cox averaged 15 points over his prep basketball career (MaxPreps).

Cox is rated 2-stars by 247Sports (78) who rank him the no. 69 overall prospect from Utah in the Class of 2022. He was given 3-stars by QB hit list. Cox was recruited by Dixie State (Utah Tech), Eastern Washington, Southern Utah, Utah State (PWO), and Weber State.

Cox comes from a football family.  His father Travis coaches the Ridgeline team and was a quarterback for Utah State from 2001-04.  Kaden plans to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints starting this summer and will join the Cougs as a preferred walk-on for the 2024 season.

I caught up with Cox to ask him about his recruiting.

BYU Insider: Why did you choose BYU?
Cox:  Because of how close together the team is and how good the coaches are. Not only are they good coaches but they are also super nice. I love the way they play and the offense is exactly what I’m used to playing in!

BYU Insider: What other schools were showing you love in the recruiting process?
Cox:  Weber State, SUU, Dixie State, USU and Eastern Washington

BYU Insider: What are some of your greatest accomplishments in sports?
Cox:  Winning the State championship, being named 4A MVP (in football) and being Mr. Rewind player of the Year.

BYU Insider: Who is a current player that you seek to emulate on the field?
Cox:  Russell Wilson (Quarterback for the Denver Broncos)

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