November 26, 2008

Fox talks Ducks

The second player to pull the trigger for Oregon's 2009 recruiting class was offensive guard Trevor Fox from Chaparral high school in Temecula, California. The Chaparral Pumas have had an outstanding season and beat Moreno Valley Lista 48-10 in the first round of the playoffs last Saturday.

Concentrating on offense in high school has allowed Fox to focus on his technique. Duck Sports Authority caught up with him and asked what he felt was the strength of his game.

"I've got a pretty good all-around game but I'm really good at pulling. That would be my best technique," Fox answered.

Though yet to take his official visit to Eugene while concentrating on his football season, Fox has had an opportunity to check out the sights. It didn't take long for the Ducks to take notice of his performance.

"I was up there in June for the NIKE Camp," said Fox. "I got an offer two days after the camp on that Tuesday." As far as his official visit goes, that will come after the season. "I haven't set it yet but I got a full tour of everything last time I was in Eugene."

Because his commitment came during an NCAA silent period, Fox did not hear about his offer directly from the Duck staff.

"My head coach Tom Leach actually told me," Fox informed DSA. "He pulled me out of class and said that I had an offer from Oregon and I was really excited. I accepted it that night."

Accepting his first offer the day it was given was not something unexpected for Chaparral's star lineman.

"I called my dad to talk about it who was in San Diego," recalled Fox. "I really wanted to go there so I just decided 'why wait?' and committed early."

Early commitments have several implications for athletes, one of which is that they don't get attention from other schools they otherwise would have. Fox was not concerned about that.

"I really don't care about that stuff. I wanted to go to Oregon so I figured why beat around the bush. We had a big season coming up so I didn't want to be worried about college stuff."

Another result of an early commitment is being able to have your classmates identify you with your new team. For offensive linemen who get little glory, this can be rewarding.

"It was really cool," said Fox of his classmates' response. "There are other Duck fans around Chaparral. Talmadge Jackson graduated from here two years ago and he is a Duck. I never saw him when I was there for NIKE. He was heading down here the day I went up and he went back the day I came home."

Though Tom Osborne was the primary recruiter for Fox, his position coach will be Steve Greatwood once he arrives in Eugene. The thought of that was something Fox looks forward to.

"I really like him," opined Fox of Greatwood. "He's a cool guy and I can see myself being coached by him the next five years."

While lack of population base and its associated activities hurts the Ducks with some recruits, it was more of what Fox was looking for in a school.

"Down here in California there are so many teams," Fox explained. "Up in Oregon there are only two, the Ducks and the Beavers and everything revolves around the team. It gets crazy up there and I really like that."

Trevor Fox will arrive in Eugene with fully aware that he has things to work on.

"I always know I can get better," began Fox. "I'm really excited about getting up there and getting coached by the Oregon staff. There is nothing I can't be coached on and I know I can get better in all aspects."

Duck Sports Authority will keep tabs on Fox as he completes his senior season and begins his transition north to Eugene.

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