LAYTON – The recruiting strength of an athletic program is partly defined by its ability to secure commits from top local prospects early on during the recruiting process. It’s something the Utah State football program, under Gary Andersen, has been able to do increasingly well since he was named head coach of the football team in December 2008.
Last year Andersen was able to secure early commits from such players as Fremont’s Nick Vigil and Pine View’s Cody Boyer, who committed before his junior season. Andersen recently secured a commit from Layton’s Tyler Fox.
Fox is a 6-foot, 160-pound prospect who played at wide receiver, defensive back and kick returner for the Lancers last season. He committed as a wide receiver prospect and couldn’t be more excited about his decision.
“I love Utah State,” said Fox. “I’ve been going up there for a while now during summer camps, and it has a great feel. It’s a close-knit community that I love and it’s the kind of place I want to play and attend school.”
While attending the Aggies' summer camp before his sophomore year, Fox was met with some surprising news. Around the time the camp was taking place, then-Aggie assistant coach Ilaisa Tuiaki approached Fox to verbally offer him a scholarship.
“I didn’t really know what to think about it when they offered me, but it was exciting, that’s for sure,” recalled Fox.
Fox kept in contact with the Aggie coaching staff while receiving interest from Utah, Weber State and BYU. Utah State didn’t actively talk to Fox about committing until his performance at a 7-on-7 tournament in Las Vegas.
Fox was part of Bingham coach Dave Peck’s team, which went on to win the tournament. Andersen himself took a lot of renewed interest in Fox due to his performance, encouraging him to commit shortly after the tournament concluded.
“Coach Andersen was real fired up about my performance. I’ve always liked coach Andersen and all the coaches at Utah State, so I decided to commit,” said Fox. “The coaches up there really care about you as a person, and coach Andersen is someone who is always real straight-up with you, and that’s the kind of coach I want to play for.”
Fox will join the Aggie program upon completion of his senior season and, like most incoming freshmen, hopes to play as soon as possible.
“It’s exciting to be able to be a part of a program like Utah State,” said Fox. “It’s a program that I think is going to get better and better with coach Andersen and all the great coaches they have there. I’m hoping to get there and contribute immediately.”
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