Colorado’s Nick Fox Sends Verbal Commitment to Florida Gators

Nick Fox, who hails from Arvada, Colorado and swims for Jeffco Hurricanes , has announced his verbal commitment to the University of Florida’s class of 2023, where he will join Tyler Watson in the fall of 2019.

“I am so excited to announce my commitment to swim for the University of Florida! When I visited the campus over spring break, I absolutely fell in love with the coaching staff, programs, facilities, team, campus, and most importantly, the people. I couldn’t  have come to this decision without the support of my family, friends, and coaches. Sometimes opportunities come that are never expected, and I am glad I have the opportunity to swim for one of the top schools in the nation. I can’t wait to become a gator and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me! CHOMP!??”

Fox is currently in the middle of his junior season at Ralston Valley High School. Last May, as a sophomore, he placed fourth in the 200 free (1:41.89) and eighth in the 500 free (4:51.75), and he led off the medley relay (23.87) and the 400 free relay (48.45). He improved on those performances at 2017 Winter Juniors West, where he clocked a 1:41.27 in the 200 and 4:35.92 in the 500.

Last summer, Fox capped off his long course season with PBs in the 50/100/400 free and 50/100/200 back at Mount Hood Sectionals. This spring he lowered his times in the 50/100 free and 100/200 back at Speedo Super Sectionals hosted by Longhorn Aquatics.

Top SCY times:

  • 200 back – 1:48.87
  • 100 back – 50.96
  • 500 free – 4:35.92
  • 200 free – 1:41.27

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Was this done before Troy retired? Otherwise who could he be making a commitment to? Brings up a question that is more relevant now with how early verbal commitments come, if a kid commits to a school under one coach but hasn’t signed yet, does the new coach have to honor that commitment?


#1 – I’m sure the Associate HCs in place are fully capable of finishing up the recruiting class.

#2 – Of course not. Verbal commitments are not binding from either direction. A new coach has the freedom to reneg on verbal commitments made/agreed upon with a previous coach, unless athletic department hire ups tell them otherwise.


Recruits are committing to an institution, not to a person


Completely agree! When you picking a school ssk yourself, if swim ended would I still go here. If the coach left would I want to be here. Its the degree program and culture that matter most. Look at the previous rosters for 4 yrs, how many swimmers make it for year 1 to year 4 if the number is small why.


That’s not what I’m saying really. Idk if you’ve ever gone through the process but all s verbal commitment is really is you and the coach giving eachother your word that you’ll go to that school, there kinda needs to be a head coach for that to happen


He committed to Coach Troy prior to his resignation.


With the times he currently has he is probably on academic scholarship anyway.


Considering he’s only a Junior in high school, he presumably hasn’t applied to the school and been offered any academic scholarships yet either.


He did commit to Coach Troy prior to his resignation. Congratulations Nick.

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