Ponderosa (Colo.) four-star offensive lineman Chris Fox made his way down to the US Army All-American game this week, but is unable to compete due to an knew injury he sustained during his final high school season.
“I have a torn ACL and a double torn meniscus on my left knee,” Fox said. “It was the last game of the season. We were up by big. I was just running down field blocking a kid. I just twisted up on it weird and heard it pop three times. That’s it.”
Surgery to repair the injury is scheduled for February and will take roughly six to seven months of rehab before he can start playing again.
Despite the injury, the prized Michigan commit said he had an outstanding senior season.
“I loved my senior year,” Fox said after leading Ponderosa to unblemished regular season before being knocked out in the second round of the playoffs. “I dominated everyone I went against. I was definitely at the top of my game all year long.”
At 6-foot-5, 285-pounds, Fox says he played one way since he stepped onto the gridiron.
“I am the meanest player you will ever meet” Fox said confidently. “That’s the way I play. I just play mean. You go into beast mode with good technique—you’re dominant.”
While Fox has been unable to participate, his West-Squad teammate and fellow Maize & Blue commit Jourdan Lewis has impressed him in practice so far.
“He’s playing like a beast,” Fox said on Lewis’s play. “He’s looking great.”
When not supporting his West teammates Fox has managed to put his recruiting cap on. The target has been five-star running back, Derrick Green.
“I’m just telling him he’s going to be a Heisman winner if he goes there,” Fox said on his recruiting pitch to Green. “He’s going to run behind the best O-line class in the nation.”
After the Army game, Fox says his focus will be on rehabbing his knee and getting ready for his time at Michigan.
“I’m beyond excited about it,” Fox exclaimed. “I cannot wait. It’s a great opportunity. I am looking forward to everything that has to come.”
Fox will be joined by fellow offensive lineman commits: David Dawson, Kyle Bosch, Logan Tuley-Tillman and Patrick Kugler in this year’s 2013 class. He says the five of them will bring a “power football” back to Ann Arbor.
“We are definitely excited,” Fox said. “We all play the same way. Get back to power football the way it’s supposed to be played.”
In the meantime, there is a lot to look forward to over the course of the next year.
“I just want to get my rehab going, get healthy as fast as I can, just hang out with all the guys, get to know my teammates, get to know my teachers and all that. Just get it going.”
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