In-State School Pulls Ahead for Miami-Based 2019 OL Mark Fox

The Florida Gators hold the early advantage with 2019 Miami Northwestern offensive lineman, Mark Fox.

Mark Fox is one of the Sunshine State's premier offensive linemen for the 2019 class, and a flurry of colleges wasted no time serving up scholarship offers, including in-state Florida.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Fox, who is in the midst of his sophomore year at Miami Northwestern, is also comfortable enough to label one suitor as the early front-runner in his recruitment.

"If I had to choose (a leader), it would be Florida," Fox said. "When I visited Florida, I liked their coaches, how they ran their practice, and the campus is amazing.

"They make sure their athletes' grades are always high."

College coaches are currently unable to initiate contact with prospects out of the 2019 class, so Fox says his relationship with Florida's staff can only grow from here.

"The coach (Jim McElwain) told me he doesn't coach his players to go to the NFL; he coaches his players to be good young men by the time they leave for graduation," Fox said. "Our relationship will grow when they are able to actually talk to me.

"I'm only a sophomore, so they can't really talk to me yet."

The South Florida native is also roughly 24 hours removed from scooping up an offer from coach Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals.

"Teddy Bridgewater came from my high school, so by him walking the hallways I walk now, maybe someday I can walk the Louisville hallways like him too," Fox said. "Hopefully I can go to the NFL like him as well."

Fox, who earned an Illinois offer on Monday afternoon, plans to visit a flurry of schools over the summertime, but no dates are scheduled.

Stay tuned to Scout for the latest developments in Fox's recruitment.

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