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Sunday, November 18, 2012
Brandon Fritts exploding onto scene

By Brad Bournival

Ohio State assistant Tom Herman might be giving Mentor (Ohio) football coach Steve Trivisonno a call this week to ask for a little more game film.

The Buckeyes coach in charge of recruiting the Cardinals has interest in Brandon Fritts, but what the junior wide receiver has done the last two weeks in knocking out the last two Division I state champions has to have just about every coach foaming at the mouth.

“He’s been exploding,” Mentor quarterback and North Carolina commit Mitch Trubisky said. “Brandon just runs great routes. He’s a great player. I know when he gets open, it’s my job to get him the ball.”

That’s happened over and over again in back-to-back wins over St. Edward and St. Ignatius. The first a 63-56 come-from-behind thriller, the second a 57-56 triple-overtime heart attack win that came complete with a 2-point conversion to Fritts to seal it.

In those last two games, Fritts has 22 catches for 345 yards and has found the end zone 6 times.

“He’s special,” Trivisonno said. “He’s a big-time football player. He said get me the ball and that’s what we did. It’s just a matter of maturing for him. He’s a superstar. He really is. He’s fun to watch.”

Fritts has been fun to watch to the tune of 67 catches for 1,188 yards and 17 touchdowns this season. His 17.7 yards-per-catch average will garner him no worse than an honorable mention All-Ohio selection this season.

But the 6-foot-4, 190-pound junior isn’t ready to rest on his accolades just yet.

“My work isn’t done,” he said. “Nobody dreams of almost being a state champion. I have to go back to work and get ready for whoever is next.”

Fritts has an offer from Toledo and interest from Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia as well as a slew of Mid-American Conference schools.