Recruiting

Fox kickin’ his way to D-II Mars Hill

Black Bears’ senior kicker becomes second Fox to sign a college scholarship
By Chuck Fiebernitz | Feb 05, 2017
Photo by: Maggie Jones Pisgah senior Tanner Fox, seated front row, second from left, is joined by his family as he signs a scholarship with the NCAA Division II Mars Hill University.

CANTON — Pisgah senior placekicker Tanner Fox told head coach Brett Chappell a couple of years ago that his dream was to kick for a college football team some day.
That some day has arrived as Fox signed a scholarship with Division II Mars Hill University on Wednesday morning of National Signing Day.
“Tanner told me he had a dream and I told him what he had to do to make it happen,” said Chappell. “He’s a great kid and we are all excited about him getting a chance to go to the next level.”
Fox was a standout for football and the boys soccer team as well as an outstanding second baseman for the Pisgah baseball team.  But his dream was to play football and his desire was to stay close to home.
“I’m a homebody,” said Fox. “I wanted to be close to home as possible. Mars Hill is definitely close to home. I wanted to go to a place where I would love being as a student for four years. Mars Hill is that place I would love to be a student and get a degree. I just felt if I could fill those two requirements, then whatever happens in football would work itself out. I’m just excited to get this opportunity and it's a very humbling moment for me.”
Fox is the second of three boys to sign an athletic scholarship to play at the collegiate level as his older brother, Mason Fox, is a sophomore starting centerfielder for the Gardner-Webb University baseball team. Most folks around Canton and Haywood County believe the most talented of the three boys is Walker Fox, who is the youngest. But fans will have to wait seven years to see what sport he plays and where he will sign his college scholarship.