Inside The Rams begins a series called Get To Know, which profiles each Colorado State class of 2017 football signee. Our aim is to give fans a closer look at each new Ram, both on and off the field. Our first profiled athlete is Jamori Fox, a late junior college addition to the class. Fox is a Marrieta, Georgia native who spent a redshirt year two seasons ago at Butler (Kan.) Community College, then played his first season of college ball at Ellsworth C.C. in Iowa in 2016. As a redshirt freshman last year, Fox accounted for 16 tackles and a half sack in 10 games played. ITR profiles the 6-foot-1, 300-pound nose tackle in an in-depth Q&A below.
ITR: Jamori, we spoke to you prior to your Colorado State visit, but haven't had a chance to chat since you committed and signed. What ultimately sold you on committing to CSU after your visit last week?
Jamori Fox: "I had a great visit. It was a real family atmosphere, which I liked a lot, you know. Family is big for me. Those guys up there have created a real family atmosphere. The hosts were nice, the fans - they have a good fan base, which is important. Ultimately, I felt like it was the best decision for me and my family."
ITR: What other offers did you pick up?
Fox: "(Louisiana-) Monroe, Prairie View, Stephen F. Austin, Lamar, then UCF was showing interest, but they haven't offered."
ITR: Did you take any other official visits?
Fox: "No, I ended up cancelling my Monroe visit before I went up to Colorado State."
ITR: Who was your primary recruiter from Colorado State?
Fox: "Coach (Ricky) Logo and Geoff Martzen."
ITR: What was your relationship like with those guys, as well as the rest of the CSU staff?
Fox: "Coach Logo gave me a lot of great advice. One thing he did say was don't get too caught up in the glitter and gold, because every place is going to have glitter and gold. Just focus on the people and hang around the people who you're going to be hanging around with, see how comfortable you are with your environment on your visit. I took all that into effect. Ultimately, I felt like it was the right place for me."
ITR: What were some specifics that Coach Logo and the other CSU coaches shared with you, as far as what they liked about your skill set and what you bring to the football field?
Fox: "I move pretty quick for a big'un. For a nose and defensive tackle, they needed depth at the position. I'm going to give it to them. I push the pocket a lot and I'm really quick on my feet laterally."
ITR: So do they want you exclusively at nose tackle then?
Fox: "Primary, nose; secondary, defensive tackle."
ITR: Do you remember who your player-host was on your visit?
Fox: "Yes, Detrich Clark."
ITR: What was your time like with Detrich, as well as the other CSU players? Did you feel like you meshed with all the staff and players there with Georgia connections?
Fox: "Yeah, I felt really comfortable. Very comfortable. He's from Georgia, too, so I found that very interesting. We got to bond a little bit."
ITR: What was your favorite part of the recruiting process overall?
Fox: "Just seeing the new facilities being put up. They're making a new stadium and the scoreboard is the size of a basketball court. I found that pretty interesting. Everything was new facilities, new playing field, new stadium... it couldn't have made my decision any easier."
ITR: What was your least favorite part of the recruiting process?
Fox: "Least favorite part was probably the traveling. I'm not a big airplane guy. I'm not a big traveler; I like to stay in one spot."
ITR: What are your measurables right now, like your current height and weight?
Fox: "6-1, 320."
ITR: Do you know your most recent bench max or squat max?
Fox: "Squat max, I do not know. Bench max is somewhere around 375, 385."
ITR: To this point, what was your favorite high school or junior college football memory?
Fox: "Junior college most memorable football memory was winning the Graphic Edge Bowl with my team here at Ellsworth. We finished the season at .500, fought off some adversity early on in the season. We came back and won a couple of games and got ourselves a bowl game and we were able to win it at the UNI dome, so I thought that was pretty cool."
ITR: Jamori, who is your favorite athlete and/or NFL player?
Fox: "I'm going to have to go with Ray Lewis. He's very motivational and I love motivational people."
ITR: What are some of your hobbies outside of football?
Fox: "Basketball, then just spending time with my mom. I try to spend time with my mom a lot. She's number one in my life. I try to do everything to make her happy and she tries to do everything to make me happy."
ITR: What is your favorite pair of shoes?
Fox: "The Retro 8s - the Jordan Retro 8 high tops."
ITR: What's something about you that most people may not know?
Fox: "I'm a good juggler. I'm good at that. I'm very quiet, but then again, I'm very helpful towards my peers and teammates. Just stuff like that."
ITR: What is your dream job?
Fox: "Man, pretty sure I want to make it to the NFL. But if not the NFL, then luckily I'll have my degree to fall back on. I'll try to do something with physical therapy. But my dream job is to be an NFL player."
ITR: What do you feel like you'll specifically bring to the CSU defensive line?
Fox: "For me, I feel like I'll bring experience, being a JUCO guy. So I'll bring experience. I know they have a couple freshmen d-linemen coming in, but hopefully I can bring experience. I know there's some guys there already with (Toby) McBride and Darnell Thompson. I'm hoping to follow in their footsteps, pick their brains a little bit and just be the next man up."
ITR: From what you know about CSU's personnel up front, do you feel like you can come in right away and contribute significant playing time, and possibly even start?
Fox: "Yes sir, I do. I feel like Bobo brought me in for a reason, and that's to play a good amount of time. I plan to do so."
ITR: What does your offseason training regimen look like right now?
Fox: "I run about 3 times a week. I'm a big upper body guy, but I do a lot of legs and arms. I drink a lot of water and keep my body in shape. I'm trying to lose a couple pounds so I can be lighter on my feet. I'm doing a lot of cone work, three-cone drills and stuff."
ITR: So are you working with a trainer or someone specific, or just doing your own thing?
Fox: "I'm doing my own thing."
ITR: What are you most excited about in starting your next chapter and being a CSU Ram?
Fox: "Man, I'm just excited about the opportunity God gave me. I'm excited to start a new life up there in Fort Collins. I've been down South basically all my life, being from Georgia. So it's good to go up north and experience new things, have new teammates and travel the world playing football games. I couldn't ask for more."
ITR: Do you know when you'll arrive at CSU this summer to report for classes?
Fox: "I believe it'll be mid-June."
ITR: Do you know what number you'll wear at CSU?
Fox: "Hopefully 92. That was my number in JUCO, but as of right now, I do not know."
ITR: Is there any significance behind that number?
Fox: "No. It was just the number I got at the JUCO. I wore 41 in high school, but I feel like a 90 number will be more suitable to a d-lineman."
ITR: Do you know who you're going to room with once you get to Fort Collins?
Fox: "I do not know as of right now. Hopefully a JUCO guy. I know they have some JUCO guys they're bringing in, so hopefully I'll be in contact with them and we can get an apartment."
ITR: Last question: With three years to play three, what are some of your specific goals coming in to CSU?
Fox: "Just to create a good relationship with my teammates. I feel like that'll be a good thing, because you can't win games without having good relationships with your teammates. I want to come in, be a leadership guy, while following behind the guys already there. Hopefully I'll find a good spot and make my mark."