OT Has UM in Final 2

Jason Fox was a two-year varsity starter at the tight end position when he was approached by his coaches at Fort Worth (Texas) North Crowley this summer.

"The coaches came to me and said they weren't even sure if they were going to have a tight end this season since they wanted to go to a spread offense," Fox said. "We decided it would be best for me to switch to playing tackle. I was OK with that."

Jason Fox, 6-foot-7 and 265 pounds, had the size to play tackle. He also brought some extra athleticism to the position.

"Since I was a tight end before, I think I have really good feet for a big guy and my blocking skills, I really get after it," he said. "I think those things are going to work to my advantage."

Fox, a full academic qualifier who also plays basketball and throws the shot put in track season, is hoping to emerge as one of the top tackles in the state of Texas this year. Despite having never played the position in a real game before, he attracted numerous scholarship offers from Div 1 programs.

"The only camp I went to was Oklahoma State's," he said. "I guess it's my athletic ability they like."

After taking unofficial visits to Texas A&M, Miami, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Texas Christian and a few other local programs, Fox has pretty much narrowed his list down to two.

"It's basically between Miami and Texas A&M," he said. "Those are the top two. They both have a lot of similarities. I really like both coaching staffs. Miami's had a great program for the last several years while A&M is rising. I guess there are some advantages. Miami has the tradition. A&M is good on location but location isn't the most important factor right now. I have to go where I feel most comfortable."

The talented tackle prospect talked more about his visit to Miami from earlier this summer.

"They've always been very successful," he said. "That got me really interested. I really liked my recruiting coach (Dan Werner). He came out here in the spring and I talked to him a lot. We scheduled a visit for me to go out there and I really liked it. I got to see the school, the weight room, and met some of the players and coaches. It was all pretty good."

Decision time is drawing near. He hopes to be able to announce his destination within the next few weeks.

"I wanted to do it before the season," he said. "I don't know if it'll be before our first game (next Friday) but it'll be within the next couple weeks hopefully."

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