Former University of Louisville basketball coach Wyking Jones first told 2016 prospect De'Aaron Fox he had a scholarship offer from the Cardinals sometime last spring when he started recruiting the point guard.
Now, U of L head coach Rick Pitino has confirmed that offer and the Cardinals' have turned the heat up on Fox as a school that is "really coming after me hard."
The 6-foot-2 Fox, who is ranked as the No. 16 prospect in the country by Scout.com, is from Cypress Lakes, Texas, and told Cardinal Authority that he has talked a lot with U of L assistant coach Kenny Johnson, including for a long time on Tuesday night. But Fox said "coach Pitino has also started talking to me a lot lately."
Fox said the Cardinals have made it clear he's a priority in the class.
"Coach Pitino said I would really fit into his system," Fox said. "And I like what he's done with his guard recently, Peyton Siva and Russ Smith and Chris Jones. He lets his guards run the team and I love the way they play.
"I've watched them a lot and I would fit in there as a guard."
Fox, who noted he's not even close to making a college decision, said he's liking getting to know the U of L coaches a little better because he "really likes what I have seen from those guys."
"It's a system that I just love and coach Pitino said the way the roster is going to be that I could come in and really help them out a lot right away," Fox said. "So, I have to look at that."
Fox said Baylor, Texas, Kansas, Kansas State and Arizona are the schools really picking it up in the recruiting process. He has offers form plenty of others and has plans on visiting five schools during the next school year.
"I really don't have a time table," he said. "I want to make my visits during the school year. So, I want to slow down a little this summer and just enjoy it. I'll wait until I find the right place for me."