Virginia Tech’s Chase of OLB Jordan Fox


Nov 30, 2013; Charlottesville, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies linebacker Jack Tyler (58) and Hokies cornerback Brandon Facyson (31) tackle Virginia Cavaliers running back Kevin Parks (25) in the third quarter at Scott Stadium. The Hokies won 16-6. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies have had an interesting Class of 2015 with July being a month to start bringing some momentum for the Hokies in recruiting with 3 commits in the first 12 days of the month. The Hokies have had success recruiting defensive players and they still have plenty of targets that they would love to get. However, some of those targets are unlikely to end up coming in Blacksburg.

Jordan Fox is a 3-star outside linebacker from St. Peters Prep School in Jersey City, New Jersey and is definitely a guy who is being targeted by programs across the country. Fox has had some high school success while his 6-3, 225 pound frame is pretty good for a OLB. Fox is ranked as the 44th best outside linebacker by ESPN, 47th by Rivals, and 45th by 247 Sports. Within the state of New Jersey, ESPN and 247 Sports have him as the Garden State’s 15th best player while Rivals has him as the 19th best player from New Jersey.

The Boston College Eagles are one of the two frontrunners for Jordan Fox as the Eagles have been in hot pursuit of Fox for a while now and have been long seen as the favorites. The regional impact has to be a boost while the Eagles have done a good job of developing linebackers and producing tough players. Boston College also has very good academics but another program that has had a lot more success recently and has a university with great academics might be the new leader ahead of Boston College.

The Stanford Cardinals have come somewhat out of nowhere to now arguably being the favorite to get Jordan Fox after offering him a scholarship on June 20th. Stanford has some of the world’s best academics and that is an advantage over other programs while the Cardinals also have had tons of recent success under David Shaw. On top of that, the Cardinals know how to develop NFL quality linebackers which almost certainly intrigues Fox.

The Hokies are on the outside right now as they aren’t one of the two favorites but they are definitely in position to be contenders. However, the impact of having commitments from Damien Dozier and Carson Lydon could definitely hurt as their is now a logjam of OLBs in the Class of 2015. The Hokies have produced plenty of talent and the chance to work with Bud Foster will intrigue Fox but the Hokies’ chances of getting the New Jersey linebacker aren’t great but they aren’t too bad.