March 3, 2008

Spartans offer Ohio LB

When it comes to talent and football tradition, few schools in the nation can match Cleveland St. Ignatius. Spartan quarterback Brian Hoyer came from there and Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff are hoping to add another Ignatius grad to the Green and White for the class of 2009, Dan Fox. spoke with the top linebacker last night and he gave us the details about his recruitment.

Fox is a 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect that will likely be one of the top linebacker recruits in the Midwest for next year. Heading into this past weekend, he already had an impressive list of scholarship offers, but that list expanded again on Sunday.

"I went to Penn State on Saturday and Cincinnati on Sunday," Fox said. "Cincinnati offered me a scholarship. I have seven scholarship offers now."

One of those seven offers is from Michigan State. The Spartans have only offered two linebackers for next year and Fox is one of them. asked Fox about the scholarship from Michigan State and how that came about?

"I have been keeping in-touch with Coach Narduzzi by e-mail and he asked me to call him," Fox said "I called him up and he said Coach Dantonio wanted to talk with me.

Coach Dantonio said he thought I was a great player and he offered me a scholarship. I got to talk to most of the staff. I spoke with linebacker coach Mike Tressel as well."

The Spartans like Fox as an outside linebacker prospect. Fox is known for his speed and he has the type of frame to add more weight and not lose any of it. As a junior, Fox used his speed to account for 76 tackles with 9 TFL's.

As with any Ohio player, asked Fox what he is hearing from the Buckeyes?

"They have been keeping in touch," he said "They want me to come down there for a visit. I know they have already signed a bunch of linebackers for next year, but they have told me I could also talk to the tight end coach."

Fox indicated that he will be traveling to several schools to check them out over the few weeks. The weekend of March 15th he plans to visit Michigan State and the following week he will be heading out east to see Virginia and Maryland. All of the schools above have already offered him a scholarship.

As far as a time-table and a favorite, Fox was pretty candid.

'I don't have a favorite at this time," he said. "I am pretty open. I am looking forward to seeing Michigan State, I know some guys who have been there and they said it is nice.

I would like to make my decision before my senior year so I can focus on our season, but it all depends on the scholarship offers and how I feel about the school."

As far as this spring, Fox indicated that he was unsure if he will be hitting any of the camps and combines that will be going on in the region. Due to running track, Fox will be busy on many weekends. Fox runs several events, but his favorite one is the 110 Hurdles. He has clocked a time as fast as 14.9 seconds in that event.

One of the reasons the Spartans like Fox so much is that in addition to his athletic ability, he is also a fine student. Fox carries a 3.6 GPA and indicated that academics are something he and his family take seriously. will be keeping in-touch with Fox over the coming weeks. It does not surprise that Michigan State is making a player from St. Ignatius a top priority. Coach Chuck Kyle from St. Ignatius is known for running the type of program that a Coach like Mark Dantonio can certainly appreciate. Coach Dantonio will have an Ignatius graduate leading his team on the field this fall and certainly would like to see that tradition to continue for several more years to come.

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