The month of June has been a fruitful one for the Iowa Hawkeyes. Since the NCAA listed its ban on campus visits, the Hawkeyes have hosted a number of official and unofficial visitors while adding three commitments in the class of 2022.
As we head into the final week before the Iowa staff hosts its annual big official visit weekend, the Hawkeyes kept that momentum building. This time, it comes not from the class of 2022 or even the class of 2023, but a class of 2024 (that is, just completed his freshman season) as in-state offensive lineman Cody Fox announced his decision to commit to the Hawkeyes on Saturday night.
Committed! Proud and grateful to be a Hawkeye! #swarm24 @HawkeyeFootball @CoachBarnett_OL @TylerBarnesIOWA pic.twitter.com/NdemyJoooy— Cody Fox (@CODYFOX94) June 20, 2021
As noted, Fox is a sophomore to-be from Winthrop, Iowa. He gave his verbal commitment to Kirk Ferentz and staff in person while in town for another of the program’s camps. Fox is the younger brother of current walk-on Taylor Fox.
He’s not just the second in the family to play for the Hawkeyes, but another in a long line of Iowa fans. Fox told HawkeyeReport he’s grown up a fan who nearly committed the moment he was offered a month ago.
I’ve been a Hawkeye fan my whole life and I’m super excited to join my brother as a part of the Hawkeye family. I decided to commit today because I was already attending camp in Iowa City and I wanted to do it face to face with Coach Ferentz.
Little brother, however, is not so little. Just wrapping up his freshman year at East Buchanon, the younger Fox is already 6’4” and 265 pounds. He played tackle this past season, but could project inside at the next level.
It’s still too early to really know how he’ll continue to grow, but his tenacity in the run game as just a freshman certainly will translate at guard. He’s got that nasty streak Iowa fans have come to know and love on the interior. But that frame is big for his age and if he continues to grow and fill out, that mauler mentality will play just fine on the outside.
Given we’re a full three years out from the class of 2024 graduating, it’s no surprise that Fox is the first commit for Iowa in the class. Surely a lot will change between now and fall camp in August of ‘24, but Iowa is currently slated to lose 18 players to graduation that spring. That includes a trio of linemen. The Hawkeyes have plenty of time to continue building on the strong start from Fox on Saturday.
Welcome aboard Cody Fox!