2009 Intro: Justin Foxx

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- In a matter of a year, Justin Foxx transformed from a benchwarmer to one of the more feared pass rushers in the NCISAA.

"I received good coaching so I got a lot better from my sophomore season," Foxx said. "My sophomore season, I really didn't play a lot. Last year was my coming out season. I'm looking to improve on that for my senior season."

Foxx, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end from Charlotte (N.C.) Victory Christian, ended his junior season with 11.5 sacks and 7 forced fumbles.

"Just like Sylvester [Crawford], he's very sleek, very fast, but Justin is more of a strength guy," Victory Christian head football coach Frank Crockett said. "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's physical tools and production has garnered the attention of Auburn, UNC, and NC State.

"I think it's great," Foxx said of UNC's interest. "It's close to home and it's your home school, so that's always a big plus when your home school is looking at you."

On Saturday, Foxx made his first recruiting trip when he attended UNC's Junior Day.

"It went great," Foxx said. "I really liked it. I liked the atmosphere, the campus, and the coaches."

During his stay, Foxx met with both Tommy Thigpen, his primary recruiter, and John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach.

"They just talked to me about what it would be like there at North Carolina, how they coach, how they teach," Foxx said. "It was real insightful."

Foxx also toured the football facilities, met players, and watched UNC's basketball game against Virginia Tech.

In the next couple of months, Foxx is looking to make trips to Auburn and NC State. He also plans to hit up quite a few camps this summer.

"I'm going to do a couple of those senior camps to get my name out there," Foxx said. "I'm just looking at who has camps open and when."

Although his recruitment is still in its early stages, Foxx is leaning towards staying in-state.

"Being in North Carolina, I hear a lot of stuff Carolina is doing," Foxx said. "So I really like what they're doing with Coach Butch Davis. So I like them right now."

Foxx will take the whole process "in stride" and is not sure when he'd make a verbal commitment.

"[I'm looking for] good academics, good football program, good coaches, not too far away from home like within three hours, and a school that has good tradition," Foxx said.

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