Metro-plex stud visits Tucson

If you ask any college coach where games are won or lost the first answer you will get from most of the coaches would be "in the trenches." Since arriving on the Tucson campus Mike Stoops and his coaching staff have recruited with that in mind, knowing full well that the Wildcats had rather large talent gaps on both sides of the ball. With that in mind the Arizona staff has hit the recruiting trail hard to stock the line coffers.

The Arizona coaches are supposed to be on vacation. The latter half of July is the only long stretch of time that the coaches are given to take traditional vacation trips with their families. Don't tell that to offensive line coach Eric Wolford though. The coaching staff does not fully assemble until next Monday but he was in Tucson for the last two days hosting one of his top targets, if not the top target, in Fort Worth (North Crowley), Texas offensive tackle Jason Fox.

Fox flew in to Tucson late on Wednesday night and flew out just 18 hours later but the short visit to the desert definitely made a very positive impression on the Texas big man.

"I really had a great time," commented the 6-foot-6 inch Fox. "We got in last night and had dinner with coach Wolford and some of his players and after dinner my dad and I hung around with some of the younger offensive linemen."

Even though the trips was only about 18-20 hours long Fox says that he was still able to see just about everything that the University had to offer.

"Today coach Wolford took us around and showed us all of the facilities," Fox said. "We saw the weight room, the locker room, the offices and we went around and saw the campus and everything was very nice, I loved it. I met with most of the coaches except for Coach (Mike) Stoops because he was out of town."

Getting to hang around with the younger players was the best part of the visit for Fox as he said that he got along real well with all of the big guys.

"I liked them all pretty much," he said. "I met with Blake Kerley and he is a funny guy, he is a cool guy."

Getting to know his position coach could be a big factor in the decision process for Fox when it is all said and done and he says that Eric Wolford made the right impression on him.

"Coach Wolford is definitely a guy that I would love to play for," said Fox. "He is a cool guy and I would love to play for him. He is intense as a coach but he is a cool guy off the field and his players seem to really like him a lot."

Before making the trek to Tucson Fox also visited the Miami campus to check out the Hurricane program and he was impressed by both visits.

"On a scale from one to ten I would probably give Arizona a 9 ½," he said. "My trip to Miami was also impressive and both of those schools will stay at the top of my list with Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Arkansas. I am also looking at Purdue some."

Fox is also serious about his education and he said that he was impressed with what Arizona had to offer for his potential major.

"I met, um, I think her name was Katie Smith, she is in the Business school," he remarked. "They definitely have a very good business school. That is a big plus. I really liked everything about the trip."

Fox went on to say that he would like to make his decision early and that his unofficial visiting days should be over.

"I want to decide before my senior season definitely," he said. "I just would like to get it out of the way so I can concentrate on this season. That is why I took some of these trips to see the schools that I like the most. I don't have anymore planned right now but I guess that could change."

Cat Tracks will keep you up to date on the recruiting progress of this Metro-plex stud.


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