Fox Feeling Great

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis leaves for the Middle East on Tuesday, where he'll do a meet and greet with several military bases as well as coach some flag football. On Monday, Weis was busy packing and getting ready for the trip, but made sure he was able to find the time to dial up a recruiting phone call.

Weis wanted to reach linebacker Dan Fox.

"I was just hanging out and coach Weis tried to call me a couple times," Fox began. "So he called the home phone and I missed him, so I called him back. He picked up and told me all the stuff he was doing, that he is going to the Middle East and that he is only making one call today for recruiting. Then he said how would you feel if I offered you a scholarship?

"I said, I'd feel great."

Notre Dame becomes the 18th program to offer the St. Ignatius standout a scholarship, joining Wisconsin, Virginia, West Virginia, Michigan State, Vanderbilt, Stanford and others. The 6-foot-4, 217-pound Cleveland, Ohio product had 42 solos, 19 assists and three interceptions last season, with one of those going for an 80-yard pick six against Glenville in the state playoffs.

The Irish like Fox at outside linebacker. Fox wasn't the only one ecstatic about the latest scholarship offer.

"My mom started screaming because my cousin went there, my cousin Jack (Barber), and became a lawyer, so my family is big on Notre Dame so they're pretty pumped," Fox explained.

Fox had been keeping in touch with Irish assistant coach Brian Polian on a regular basis, and was under the impression that he'd have to earn a Notre Dame scholarship offer with a strong performance at a one-day camp in June. Fox attended an Irish junior day in February, and because of basketball, dropped from his natural weight to around 205 pounds. Polian told him, show up to the camp weighing between 215 and 218 pounds, and you'll get your offer.

Fox, who is back up to his normal weight, is happy to have the offer much sooner.

"Coach Weis was just saying how they had a big recruiting meeting, and they got to talking, and coach Polian said he wanted me, and coach (Jon) Tenuta said he wanted me, and so did coach (Corwin) Brown, so he decided to pull the trigger."

"I'm probably going to go to the camp just to hang out with the guys and run around and see what it's like there, and meet the coaches and everything."

Besides the junior day, Fox attended the Notre Dame-Duke game last season, and hails from the same high school as current Irish players Robby Parris and John Ryan.

"They say it's tough for the first couple years when you're a freshman, but after that it's a great place to play at," Fox said.

Fox also plans to visit Michigan and Boston College this summer, and plans on making a college commitment before his senior season.


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