MSU Crazy For Ignatius LB Fox

The Spartans will host the speedy, rangy linebacker this Friday when he comes up for an unofficial visit and nothing would please coach Mark Dantonio and his staff more than if Fox goes away with a good impression of the school.



CLEVELAND, OH - Linebacker Dan Fox of Cleveland St. Ignatius has eight offers on his plate right now and one of them is from Michigan State University.

The Spartans will host the speedy, rangy linebacker this Friday when he comes up for an unofficial visit and nothing would please coach Mark Dantonio and his staff more than if Fox goes away with a good impression of the school.

Fox totaled 61 tackles as a junior in leading St. Ignatius to an 8-3 record and a loss to crosstown rival Glenville in the state playoffs.

Ignatius head coach Chuck Kyle gave Steve Wiltfong of IrishEyes.com his assessment of Fox's strengths in a copyrighted interview on Scout.com back in November.

"He plays a strong safety/outside linebacker position we have. We play a 3-5. On offense he plays some tight end. He made a lot of plays this year. We blitz him at times. He has a nice pass rush. Does well in space. I can see how people see him as a linebacker on the next level. We let him run around a little bit, cover people, wide receivers, backs out of the backfield. We're very comfortable with him covering them," said Kyle.

Fox called GSN on Monday night to let us know he had taken note of the strong start to the 2009 recruiting class of MSU and what he thinks of it.

"Yeah, I saw they're having a really good (recruiting class). They got that quarterback (Midland's Andrew Maxwell) and that running back (Oak Park's Edwin Baker and Battle Creek Central's Larry Caper) and that solid linebacker (Detroit Rennaisance's Chris Norman) from my (2009) class already, right?," asked Fox.

He said that does play at least a role in his decision.

"Yes, for sure, I've definitely checked that out, which kids they got already and how the team looks. I'm basically though, going to go off how my own interaction with the coaching staff is and what I think of the school and everything," Fox said.

Fox confirmed he has an offer in hand from the Spartans along with Virginia, Northwestern, Maryland, Indiana, North Carolina State, Cincinnati, Miami (OH), but said no one stands out over the rest and he has no early leader.

He said the MSU coaching staff is "looking at me as an outside linebacker. They like my speed and everything and they like my body type. I'm 6-foot-4, 210-pounds right now. They said they like me covering guys, blitzing a lot and that's pretty much what they said."

Fox promised to get back to GSN following his Friday visit to MSU and update us on his view of East Lansing and the Spartans chances to land one of the Midwest's top players.

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