Camping at North Carolina on Saturday provided Tomon Fox a chance to not only formally meet his potential future position coach, but to be coached by him.
“He is like how he is over the phone – he’s real energetic,” the 6-foot-3, 226-pound defensive end from Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill said. “He has good philosophies on what he teaches the D-line.”
The coach in question, Tray Scott, was added to the Tar Heels’ staff in mid-March – shortly after Fox’s last UNC visit. Save for Scott’s presence at a Collins Hill spring practice where contact between the two is prohibited, Fox has had to rely strictly on phone conversations and Twitter interactions to develop a relationship with Scott.
That changed on Saturday, though. Following the day’s camp, Fox – who was accompanied by his father, uncle, brother, cousin, and a couple local recruits – made his way to the Kenan Football Center where he spent time with Scott.
“Mostly, it was kind of like I was one of the players when I talked to him,” Fox said. “We actually went over some film and he taught me some things.”
Scott projects Fox to play weak-side defensive end in UNC’s freshly installed 4-3 defensive scheme.
“They said they want me as a premiere pass rusher,” Fox said. “That’s perfectly fine with me – that’s what I expected myself to be at the next level.”
Fox also met individually with Larry Fedora.
“It was just what we usually talk about – see how each other are doing,” Fox said. “There’s definitely no pressure – he’s just seeing where I’m at [with a decision].”
In addition to his time with the UNC staff – which also included primary recruiter Charlton Warren – Fox hung out with Tar Heel linemen Dajaun Drennon and Junior Gnonkonde. Fox actually had dinner with Drennon.
“[Drennon] was asking me where I’m at in this whole recruiting process and why is UNC leading from all these schools,” Fox said.
After spending the night in the area, Fox camped at NC State on Sunday.
Fox is considering visiting Florida State this weekend. He’s scheduled to attend Notre Dame’s Irish Invasion late next week before returning to UNC for Fedora’s Freak Show.
“I’m still open to all schools,” Fox said. “I just have to build a relationship with the coaches there and get to know more about these other schools.”
Despite that open approach and a handful of new offers – including Auburn and Notre Dame – UNC remains Fox’s leader.
“I like the school, I like the team, [and] I have a really good relationship with all the coaches there,” Fox said.
Fox said he plans to end his recruitment right before the football season.
Tar Heels Remain On Top for Fox
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