UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: DE Tomon Fox

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: PrepStar All-Southeast Region • Named first-team all-state • As a senior, registered 114 tackles (73 solo), 29 tackles for loss, nine sacks, 34 quarterback hurries, one interception, four passes deflected, forced four fumbles and blocked two punts • Played in the annual Rivalries of Gwinnett County all-star game • As a junior, was named third team All-County by the Gwinnett Daily Post, finishing the season with 34 tackles (five for a loss) and a county-best 13 sacks • NUC Five-Star South Showcase Defensive End MVP • Played in the Georgia Junior-Sophomore Elite Classic


RECRUITMENT: After attending a pair of Tar Heel Junior Days, Fox named UNC his leader. Schools like Auburn, Florida State, Georgia Tech, NC State, Notre Dame, and UCLA attempted to dethrone the Tar Heels in the ensuing months to no avail. During warmups of Fedora’s Freak Show – which followed camping at UNC a couple of weeks earlier – he committed to Larry Fedora. His official visit to Virginia Tech the last weekend before Signing Day did not alter his plans to become a Tar Heel.

WHY CAROLINA: "Every time I come here I feel like home. I just feel comfortable here. I like the people here and I know they’re on the come up right now with the new coaches. I just like the coaching staff, the type of defense they have, [and] they’ve already told me where they see me as. They’re going to use a strong end [in their defense], but I’ll be their quick end on the other side.”

EVALUATION: A cerebral pass rusher, Fox selects his pass rush move coming off the ball based on what the offensive lineman is giving him. Along those same lines, how the O-lineman blocks Fox will dictate his counter. When he runs the arc, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder dips and rips without losing speed because of his great flexibility. Whether going inside or outside, his hands are constantly moving to prevent O-linemen from latching on. Against the run, Fox shoots the gap and has an outstanding motor.

HS COACH QUOTES: “Great in the classroom, smart kid, he’s got a lot to bring. He’s a great pass rusher. He’s all over the field - he’s got a motor that won’t quit. He’s the team captain for three years and been a major asset on the field. He’s kind of a silent leader, but the kids corral around him. He’s great in the community, he’s the kind of kid that our younger kids look up to. The best thing about him is he’s always working, whether he’s working for himself or trying to help out the younger kids - he’s always trying to make us a better football team.” — Kevin Reach, Collins Hill HS

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: Realizing he had done his due diligence, Fox walked onto the field of Kenan Stadium … Read the full subscriber-only report

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