Irish offer Georgia pass rusher

Notre Dame wants three defensive ends this cycle, and there’s an emphasis on adding pure pass-rushers. Tomon Fox fits that description and considers Notre Dame a top school after adding an offer on Wednesday.

Notre Dame first touched base with three-star defensive end Tomon Fox last week. On Wednesday the Irish offered the product of Collins Hill High School in Suwanee, Ga.

“Coach (Brian) VanGorder told me he has plans for me at Notre Dame,” Fox said. “He thinks I would fit well into Notre Dame’s defensive scheme. He talked to me about the educational value of the school and what a Notre Dame degree means. There’s a lot of history with football there and it’s very prestigious.”

“I already know a lot about Notre Dame, so (VanGorder) didn’t have to explain too much to me,” Fox added.

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound athlete was offered by Notre Dame has a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker.

“I know they like my versatility because I can play a few different positions,” Fox said. “They like how I always play hard and see me as an outside linebacker when they go to a 3-4 (scheme).”

Fox answered “not really” when asked if he held any leaders, though he named Georgia Tech, North Carolina and North Carolina State as the three programs recruiting hardest.

“I want to stay open to all schools right now because new schools are still offering me,” Fox said.

Fox also holds offers from Kentucky, Maryland, Miami, Missouri, Penn State, Tennessee, UCLA, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

A trip to Notre Dame could happen next month.

“This offer definitely puts Notre Dame high on my list,” Fox said. “I want to visit soon and get to know the coaches better. I know they have camp on June 19 (Irish Invasion), but I’m not sure if I will be able to go for sure.”

Fox plans to visit UNC and N.C. State this summer and will decide on the destinations of his five official visits following the summer months.

“I want to like the school itself,” Fox said. “Education is No. 1 for me. The people and the coaches are important, and I want to see what it’s actually like to live on campus for four years.”

Fox is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 102 defensive end in the Class of 2016.


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