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2018 3* DE/LB Andres Fox

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Mobile, AL (Mobile Christian School)

Ht 6-5 Wt 230

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Likely won't be a 3* long. He is getting power offers left & right.

Offers include AU, Bama, FSU, UGA, LSU, ND, Penn St., Vols, & USC

Finished his junior season with 18 sacks in just eight games

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SECCountry Interview

 

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Coming into the day, Andres Fox had 25 offers — 16 from Power 5 schools — and he’s likely to add others. The weakside defensive end from Mobile (Ala.) was in constant contact with a dozen college coaching staffs across the country.

Fox needed some relief.

So Wednesday afternoon, he released his top six schools, which included Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Florida and Southern Cal.

“I got kinda tired of so many schools talking to me. I wanted to narrow it down a bit to make it easier,” Fox told SEC Country. “It was a lot. More than 15. It’s probably 90 percent (chance) that those are the top 6 only).”

 

 

 

As the fastest-rising prospect in the state of Alabama, it’s no surprise Auburn and Alabama both made the list for the 6-foot-5, 230-pound pass-rusher. Fox has attended Auburn more than any other program, and he grew up an Alabama fan, though it’s unlikely that fandom will cause Fox to make an emotional decision during his recruiting process.

Fox will be back in Auburn this weekend for junior day, which will be his second one of those on the Plains in 2017. His relationship with Auburn’s coaching staff runs deeper than it does with most staffs. Travis Williams is his primary recruiter, but it’s not just Auburn’s linebackers coach who is leading the charge with the recruitment.

“I have a great relationship with all three of the defensive coaches,” Fox said. “Coach (Rodney) Garner, coach T-Will and coach Kevin Steele. I met Gus one time in his office. I really just like all the atmosphere.”

The Alabama fan factor can’t be completely ignored, but that’s not the reason Fox would choose the Crimson Tide. That’s not to say he won’t choose them, but it will be for reasons much more complex than his childhood favorite.

Fox was in Tuscaloosa last weekend for Alabama’s junior day.

“It’s tradition, really. It’s the best program ever. That’s the reason why it’s there,” Fox said. “I talk to Jeremy Pruitt a lot. I’ve talked to Nick Saban maybe twice.”

It won’t be just an in-state battle, though.

Fox visited Florida State with a few other Mobile area prospects, including target Jalyn Armour-Davis, two weekends ago. He’s visited Georgia and Florida, as well, and has close relationships with both of those staffs. Fox plans to return to Florida in the near future.

The only school on the list he hasn’t visited yet is USC, but he is intrigued by the program out west, so he wanted to make sure coaches felt comfortable staying in contact.

Here are Fox’s brief reactions to those four schools.

  • On Florida State: “I really liked it when I was down there recently. They have my major. Engineering. That program, that’s a real tradition too.”
  • On Georgia: “Me and coach (Kevin) Sherrer went over a lot about outside linebackers. He had a big impact on a lot of those guys going to the league. I really like coach (Kirby) Smart and coach (Tray) Scott. We all have a really great relationship.”
  • On Florida: “I’ve visited Florida and like it a lot. They stay in contact with me. I’m going there again soon.”
  • On Southern Cal: “Just talking with their coaches, it’s a place I want to see at some point.”

The top 6 helped Fox narrow down his focus. Now he hopes to soon dwindle it down to fewer than that. He will continue to take visits to the convenient school. Auburn (223 miles), Alabama (196 miles), Florida State (243 miles), Florida (389 miles) and Georgia (394 miles) are all manageable trips from Mobile, and he expects to see them when possible before making his decision.

But that’s something that will likely happen sooner rather than later. Fox intends to make a summertime, or even pre-summertime, decision so he can help become a face and member of the 2018 class for whatever school he chooses.

“I’m going to commit before the season,” Fox said. “I just want to be able to be loyal to a school and stick to it.”

 

 

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3 hours ago, ScottsboroAuburnFan said:

This kid... Could be the best Buck/DE we have had IMO.

Why?

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2 minutes ago, bigbird said:

Why?

I don't know if it will translate to his college play but 18 sacks in about a half a season as a Jr is pretty darn good.

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This kid is definitely not a LB. He is all DE/Buck. He looks like his potential is terrific... I think Lawson's film was better in HS as well as Lawson's competition was better. I would love to have him I O&B.

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It's odd he is a 3* given everything you guys have posted about him on this thread. Does he just play against weak competition?

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23 minutes ago, thaitopher said:

It's odd he is a 3* given everything you guys have posted about him on this thread. Does he just play against weak competition?

A lot of players have not been thoroughly evaluated. It all goes back to the number of available evaluators vs. the number of players...

You'll see a lot of movement in the rankings after this year's camps.

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1 hour ago, thaitopher said:

It's odd he is a 3* given everything you guys have posted about him on this thread. Does he just play against weak competition?

He only played half a season due to injury. Barely evalled by recruiting sites so far. Much like Tony Clayton was a couple of years ago in terms of offers came much faster than site rankings.

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AU, Bama, LSU top 3

 

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Andres Fox restructures top list

On the first of the month, Andres Fox chopped down the list of schools recruiting him. The 6-foot-5 defensive end from Mobile (Ala.) released a list of six schools that included Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Florida and Southern Cal.

He hinted others were still recruiting him, but that he wanted to begin to focus solely on the aforementioned six.

Then LSU, who hadn’t recruited Fox much, emerged as another contender. Fox took a day trip to Baton Rouge, which earned him an offer.

It also realigned Fox’s top list of schools, something for Auburn — a potential favorite — to keep an eye on.

“LSU was a little late, but they’re in there … They’re in the top 3 with Alabama and Auburn,” Fox told SEC Country’s Sam Spiegelman at the Nike Opening camp in New Orleans.

Fox isn’t likely to leave the state of Alabama.

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Auburn DE target Andres Fox (Sam Spiegelman/SEC Country)

The Tigers and the Crimson Tide are both chasing the pass rusher. He’s near the top of both teams’ recruiting boards. Auburn became the first to initiate serious contact, and that relationship has only grown since the end of the 2016 season when communication started picking up with regularity.

But the LSU visit made those Tigers a new factor for Auburn to worry about.

“I just talked with Coach O (Ed Orgeron) and (defensive line coach) Pete Jenkins. They introduced me to the whole staff,” Fox said. “He showed me that he works with a lot of great players. I feel like he’d make me a first rounder.”

Aside from that wrinkle in the top group, everything else remains the same for Fox.

Auburn and Alabama are still the most likely destinations. In fact, according to multiple sources close to Fox’s recruitment, Auburn is in the safest place because of how long it’s recruited him. That first-in-the-boat relationship has given the Tigers a slight edge over even the Crimson Tide, who Fox grew up rooting for.

Fox admits as much.

“They’re the first ones. They watched me play after the state championship when I played in their stadium, too, and we started building a great relationship,” Fox said.

Fox remains one of the more underrated prospects in the nation, but his offer sheet — and the efforts of the recruiting schools — show he’s one of the hottest defensive end commodities in the Southeast.

 

 

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