Since signing in February, Tomon Fox has made three visits to North Carolina. Two of those trips were for a spring scrimmage.
“I just like where we are right now,” Fox said. “And I see the improvements that we’re making. And I’ve talked to the coaches and I see what they’re trying to implement is actually happening.”
For the most part, Fox, a defensive end from Suwanee (Ga.) Collins Hill, speaks with Tray Scott, UNC’s defensive line coach. Their conversations haven’t been limited to current members of the roster. Scott has discussed his game plan for Fox.
“They said if I keep on the track I am right now, I should be in line for some playing time [this fall],” Fox said. “Especially because we don’t have as many numbers on the defensive line, I should get some playing time. I just have to do what I’m supposed to do.”
Specifically, Scott plans to insert Fox into the “speed” defensive end depth chart.
In preparation, Fox has spent much of the months since his senior football season ended in the weight room. He started by following the routine his father, who has trained him since middle school, put together. His workout changed when he received the regimen concocted by UNC’s strength and conditioning staff.
“I’ve been integrating the college workouts into what I have been doing,” Fox said. “I’ve increased a little bit in weight; I’m about 240 [pounds].”
Fox played his senior football season with 230 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame.
“I’m trying to come in at 245/250-ish,” Fox said.
Fox says he’ll wear No. 12 during his UNC career, which Marquise Williams recently vacated.
On June 14, Fox will permanently arrive on campus – just in time for the second summer semester. He plans to major in sports medicine.
“I got interested in [sports medicine] in high school,” Fox said. “And that’s something I’m good at, so I figured I’d continue that in college. During my senior year, I took anatomy and I was really good at that. And I was really good at chemistry.”
A qualifier according to the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly the NCAA Clearinghouse), Fox has been cleared by UNC admissions.
“I’m good with all that,” Fox said.