"What happened was coach Jim Bridge, their tight ends coach, said that they wanted to offer me a scholarship," said Foxx. "He said that they were going to be coming down next week to my school and bringing the official letter, and they faxed a letter [on Wednesday].
"It's a big offer because I've watched NC State a lot over the years and Tom O'Brien came in and he's turning their program around. In looking at them, I think they will have the best team in the state of North Carolina this year... that's based on what I've seen over the years, and I know they had a strong recruiting class in 2008."
As a junior, Foxx teamed with Sylvester Crawford to give Victory Christian one of the best pass-rushing duos in the state of North Carolina. In seven games, the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder posted 11.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles, and his strength is an asset.
"Just like Sylvester [Crawford], he's very sleek, very fast, but Justin is more of a strength guy," Victory Christian head coach Frank Crockett previously stated. "He's the type of guy that will get a lot of tackles – tackling running backs that are coming through his C gap. He can rush the passer, as well, but his strength is his best asset. He can bull rush with his strength, but also has enough speed to get around most offensive tackles."
Foxx already had offers from West Virginia and Duke, and he stated that Vanderbilt is in the process of sending him an offer. Clemson, Iowa, Ball State, and Northwestern are expressing heavy interest, and at this time two programs are in the lead.
"Right now my favorites are probably West Virginia and Duke," said Foxx. "I've talked to West Virginia and Duke the most, so I know the most about them. I'd have to say they are the favorites but that's just because I haven't had a chance to talk a lot with NC State and Vanderbilt."
Foxx has visited Duke and he hopes to make it to NC State for an unofficial visit in the near future.
"I want to get up to NC State and look around," he stated. "I've already been to Duke, and so I just want to get up to NC State and get a feel for their campus and atmosphere. I haven't been able to get up there yet... the same with West Virginia, I was suppose to go up there but I wasn't able to make it."
Here are his thoughts on some of the programs currently under consideration.
Vanderbilt: "First of all, they are in the SEC which is probably the best conference in the country. I like the progress they've been making, and they have a stable coaching staff. That's something you always want... stability in the coaching staff. Also, I've seen them personally on TV, and they've won some big games over the years."
West Virginia: "Over the past few years, West Virginia has had one of the best teams in the country. Their defense is fast, and I like that because I feel like I'm a speed-rushing defensive end. I really like the way their defense plays."
Duke: "I like the coaching staff with coach Cutcliffe. They really impressed me when I went up there, and I think they are going to turn the program around. I think they are headed in the right direction, and I love the campus and atmosphere."
NC State: "I know Tom O'Brien is a great coach that came from Boston College where he won a lot of games. I know they had a pretty good year last year by beating teams like UNC and Miami. They are in the process of turning things around. Also, they had a bunch of players go to the NFL. This year they had Demario Pressley and a safety drafted, and just two years ago they had the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft, Mario Williams. He's a defensive end like me and he's one of the players that I try to watch. That's a plus."
Victory Christian is expected to attend seven-on-seven camps at South Carolina and Wake Forest, and Foxx expects to also camp at NC State, Duke, and Clemson.
Does he have a timeframe for making a decision?
"It just depends on the best situation for me," said Foxx. "I want to decide before the season so it won't be lingering on my mind. It's going to be whenever God lays it on my heart that a certain school is right for me."
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