If there is such a thing as momentum in recruiting, Michigan has it right now. Brady Hoke & company capped off a day that had already seen him secure four verbal commitments, the hockey team win in overtime, and the basketball team knock off the first place Buckeyes by adding football commit #5 of the day in Parker (CO) Ponderosa offensive lineman, Christopher Fox.
“Honestly, it’s been Michigan pretty much the whole way,” said Fox. “I’m excited. Coach Funk was definitely excited. I just called my grandma (who lives in Michigan) and she’s super excited about it too.”
That Fox joined the class this evening came as a bit of surprise since he wasn’t a part of the commitment frenzy on campus today. But just because he wasn’t on the ground in Ann Arbor doesn’t mean he didn’t take notice.
“I saw that and I was just like, ‘dang, and I’ve known that’s where I wanted to go.’ I thought, ‘why not do it?’ “
What’s clear though is even absent the recruiting explosion that took place before him today, Fox’s choosing Michigan as his future destination was inevitable.
“I’ve known I wanted to go there since I went to their summer camp last year and there’s nothing better than Michigan,” Fox admitted. “I’ve just known in my mind that that’s where it’s at. It has everything… the coaches, facilities, and location… I’ve got tons of family out there. It’s the best.”
Of all of those factors, the clincher in this recruitment just may have been the fast and quick bond Fox made with his future offensive line coach, Darrell Funk.
“I have a great connection with Coach Funk,” he said. “(Funk) is a great guy and I love talking to him. You definitely know that he cares about you.”
In Fox, Funk has the model of versatility at his disposal. The 6-5, 300-pounder was a camp standout last summer in Ann Arbor at both guard and tackle. He is currently rated the top prospect in Colorado by Scout.com and is a Fox is a Scout 2013 Top 100 member.
Fox chose Michigan over offers from Colorado, Michigan State, Ohio State, Florida State, Washington, Iowa, Missouri and Purdue.