February 20, 2012

It was always Michigan for Fox

Although junior offensive lineman Chris Fox has grown up in Colorado, he has always had connections back to the state of Michigan. There is family in the area, and that was just one of the many factors that led the No. 46 prospect in the nation to commit to the Wolverines on Saturday.

That connection to the Great Lakes State helped Michigan get an early leg up in Fox's recruitment. Although he was a primarily defensive player early in his career, he attended the Wolverines' 2011 summer camp and impressed as an offensive lineman. Following that performance, the Michigan coaches were impressed enough to give him one of the first scholarship offers in the 2013 class.

That summer camp experience also helped Fox realize that he loves Michigan. In fact, he's known since last summer that Michigan was where he wanted to end up.

The commitment came as a relief for the 6-6, 295-pound prospect. In today's recruiting environment, there's plenty of pressure (including, unwisely, from fans) on uncommitted prospects. With his commitment out of the way, Fox can focus on improving his game.

Although he's more than a year away from hitting Michigan's campus, the excitement for Fox's commitment is justified. He has the size to play either tackle or guard at the next level, and his long arms will likely allow him to protect the quarterback's blindside. He has the stamina to start on both sides of the ball in high school, and the athleticism to be an impact player both ways.

Fox was the fifth commit on Saturday alone, and the weekend resulted in eight new pledges for the Wolverines. At No. 46, Fox was the most-highly rated commitment of the weekend, and is second-best in the class behind No. 16 Shane Morris.

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