Fox Makes Connections on Rutgers Visit

Spring break gave Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep LB/DE Jordan Fox the chance to visit nearby Rutgers to spend the day with the coaching staff. Fox broke down the visit to his in-state university and what set this apart from other trips to campus.

Three-star Jordan Fox of Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter's Prep left Rutgers with a better understanding how badly the staff wanted him. The DE/LB received the message he hoped for from head coach Kyle Flood.

"He feels that I'm a leader, and that I can bring that to the defense," Fox said. "That was echoed by [linebackers] coach [Bob] Fraser and [defensive coordinator Joe] Rossi. … It went really well, actually. It was very exciting. It was a great atmosphere, and I really liked the visit."

Fox did not watch former five-star Savon Huggins from St. Peter's Prep because he is out after an offseason surgery.

He did, however, check in with former Marauders Keith Lumpkin, who will start at left tackle, and Leo Ferrine, who works as a recruiting assistant.

"Coach Leo took me around the whole day," Fox said. "I was connecting with a Prep grad and he was keeping it straight up with me, and just being honest with me coming from my shoes as another big-time recruit out of Prep. It was pretty cool seeing him and Keith. He was out there playing and giving me pointers.

[Lumkpin] told me to keep listening to [St. Peters Prep coach Rich] Hansen because he knows what he's doing. Then he told me to go win a state championship this year."

Fox holds a Rutgers verbal offer, he said, and enjoyed discussing it with Flood and the rest of the staff while on his visit.

"I actually learned a lot," Fox said. "I got to watch a practice, and coach Flood stressed playing with passion. When it comes to football, you have to love the game. I was fired up out there watching them go after it. I definitely got the sense that they were ready to go."

Syracuse, Miami, Virginia Tech, Boston College and Nebraska have been the most aggressive in recruiting Fox alongside Rutgers. He has no leaders, but aims for a decision by the end of the summer.

"Definitely before the season, I will decide – hopefully June or July," Fox said. "I'm going to make it as soon as possible because I'm really focused on our team and our senior seasons. We have a lot expected for us, so I'm just trying to get my team ready to win a state championship."

Fox hopes to visit Virginia Tech Saturday for its spring game, and wants to return to Miami this summer along with a Syracuse visit.

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