Spartans Hope to Snare LB Fox

"It was definitely a positive visit." – Dan Fox, who now holds 13 offers, on his recent venture into East Lansing, where he spoke with the MSU coaching staff and caught up with a St. Ignatius alum.

Dan Fox, a linebacker prospect from Cleveland St. Ignatius, needs more hours in the week to adequately scope out all of the programs interested in him.

At last count he has hauled in 13 offers: Michigan State, Virginia, Northwestern, Miami (OH), Indiana, Maryland, Wisconsin, North Carolina State, Stanford, Cincinnati, Kansas, Iowa, and Pittsburgh.

MSU is hot on his trail and Fox made a trip up to East Lansing to take in a spring practice and find out more about the program.

He talked with head coach Mark Dantonio, defensive coordinator Pat Narduzzi, who showed him around the facilities, and quarterback Brian Hoyer, who also hails from St. Ignatius.

"I remember watching him (Hoyer) play when I was in like seventh grade, so it was pretty cool seeing him again," Fox told GSN recently.

Fox also appreciated the distinct lack of used-car salesman tactics from the head coach.

"He (Dantonio) was really honest with me," he said, "he wasn't going to say all the things – like it's the greatest place ever. It's a great place and all, but he was real honest with me."

Narduzzi made an impression as well.

"He is really fired up a lot. He seems like he really likes his job and he wants to get the best players to go to Michigan State," Fox said. "I like him a lot. I'm glad he's my recruiter."

Any top-five list?

"I don't have that yet," he said. "I know I'm going to make my decision this summer, probably, just because I want to play my senior season with no worries and have fun."

Does distance make a difference to Fox when thinking about where he might end up after next year?

"I talked to guys in college … they say it doesn't really matter where the school you play at is because you don't get very much time no matter where you go to head back home," he said.

Fox said he's looking forward to the first game of the season against fellow Ohio powerhouse Cleveland Glenville. He sees himself as a co-leader along with other senior teammates and can't wait for the chance to get back onto the gridiron.

And finally, back to recruiting, is Michigan State a team he could realistically see himself playing for?

"I'm considering them seriously. It was definitely a good opportunity for me to go out to see the school because that's big for me," he said. "I want to make sure I see things before I do anything. Yeah, they're definitely in contention I'd say."

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