BALTIMORE, Md. --- North Carolina is among a few schools that have already earned a berth on the finalist list of Tyshon Fogg, a four-star linebacker.
“I’m comfortable with the defensive scheme that they run,” Fogg said. “I feel like I can fit in there.
“Also, [I like] the coaches in general. [John Papuchis], I’m close with. [Larry Fedora], I’ve had a couple of talks with.
“I just like the place in general.”
Fogg, a 6-foot-2, 217-pounder from Baltimore (Md.) Calvert Hall, will unveil his finalist list – which figures to consist of 10 to 15 schools – this summer. Besides UNC, Rutgers and Stanford are also locks to make the cut.
The Tar Heels clinched a spot when Fogg attended its junior day in January.
“I loved North Carolina, definitely,” Fogg said. “I plan on getting back down there soon – my family really liked it. I liked meeting with the coaches, the facilities. We went to a basketball game and the crowd was nice. The student population was cool.”
For certain, Fogg will accompany his team at the “Beast of the Hill,” UNC’s 7-on-7 passing tournament. But, there’s a chance he will also visit sooner with his family.
Regardless, Fogg and his family are no strangers to NC. His sister and grandfather graduated from North Carolina A&T.
“I’m very familiar with the state of North Carolina,” Fogg said. “Actually, that’s like my favorite state, to be honest. I just think it’s the people in general. The people are really down-to-earth people, they help you out, and they’re genuine, too.”
Similar to UNC, Stanford clinched a spot on Fogg’s list with an unofficial visit. He recently made a west coast swing, which included stops at California and Stanford.
“It was pretty cool going cross-country,” Fogg said. “The vibe out there is pretty good. And the Bay Area wasn’t too hot, either. But it was a long trip – I wasn’t used to the trip. But I enjoyed it.”
The “long trip” won’t preclude Stanford from landing Fogg.
“Location isn’t going to play a factor in where I go to school,” Fogg said.
On the opposite side of the location spectrum is Rutgers. It might not technically be Fogg’s current state school, but he’s from Ashbury Park, N.J. and visits family in the area every other week. The school is about 45 minutes from his hometown.
Whoever lands Fogg will gain a complete player, according to Calvert Hall head coach Donald Davis.
“He’s big, fast, strong, and agile,” Davis said. “Very really do you get a kid that’s 6-2, 230 pounds that runs like a DB, will hit you, but is strong enough to step up to the line-of-scrimmage and rush the passer.”
Fogg actually arrived at Calvert Hall as a wide receiver/defensive back. Although he outgrew those positions, that background is a huge asset.
“He possesses the skills to catch the ball and coverage,” Davis said. “He has ball skills because he was a very, very good wide receiver in youth football… So he could play linebacker sideline to sideline to stop the run, but you don’t get freaked out if a team goes wide open and he has to cover a tight end or slot or running back. So, he’s a guy who can play all three downs – he’ll never leave the field.”