Cody Fox thought about describing the surreal feeling of landing an Iowa Football offer on Saturday. The Class of 2024 lineman attended a Hawkeye camp and impressed the coaches enough to garner an opportunity one year into his high school career.
"The only words I can come up with are being very grateful, honored and appreciative," Fox told HN. "I have grown up being a Hawkeye fan. Coach (Kirk) Ferentz gave me the offer after the camp.
"It was an amazing feeling I will never forget."
The Iowa coaches are familiar with the Winthrop East Buchanan High standout because his older brother, Taylor Fox, is a sophomore with the Hawkeye program.
"I feel that I was on their radar because of my brother, Taylor. I think they wanted to see how well I would do at camp. I felt good about my camp performance," Cody said.
Having someone so close inside the program provides him with unique insight.
"Taylor was very excited and supportive for me. He has been a great role model for me growing up. He loves Iowa Football, everything about it. The coaching staff is amazing," Cody said.
"Listening to Taylor's stories and experiences of being a Hawkeye and knowing I could also get that opportunity is mind blowing."
Cody Fox (6-4, 265) played both ways for East Buchanan last fall. As a defensive lineman, he totaled 24.5 tackles (15 solo, 6.5 for loss) and 2.5 sacks. He also kicked off and handled the bulk of the punting duties.
Fox then went 2-2 as a freshman at the state wrestling tournament with two falls. He followed that up with with a track season that saw him throw the discus 129-3 (second in school history) and the shot put 39-9.5 (third all-time at East Buchanan).
He likes to compete, and did just that at Iowa's camp on Saturday.
"The intensity, fast pace and the technique stood out to me. And again, with the support the coaches gave during every drill, I learned a lot," he said.
Here's a look at Cody Fox's freshman highlights: