COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- For Bear Fenimore (Austin, Texas/Westwood), a strong interest in playing football at Alabama comes naturally.
After all, his parents did name him after Bear Bryant.
“My grandpa was a big fan of him when he was at Texas A&M,” Fenimore said. “My mom thought it would be a cool idea.”
The 2014 quarterback prospect doesn’t hold any offers yet but took visits to Alabama and Tennessee this week.
“I went into the office and talked to [offensive coordinator] Doug Nussmeier for about an hour-and-a-half before camp,” Fenimore said. “He had really positive things to say about me, so that was good.”
The trip to Tuscaloosa was Fenimore’s fifth since he began high school.
“Every time I go there I feel something special,” he said. “It kind of feels like home almost just because I’ve been there so many times.
“The coaches have told me they have a short list of quarterbacks and I’m still on the list, and that I’m one of the top ones they’re looking at.”
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound pocket passer also enjoyed spending time with Tennessee offensive coordinator Jim Chaney and his recruiter, Charlie Coiner, during his time with the Vols.
Now he’s done with unofficial visits, at least until after his junior season. Fenimore took seven other visits this spring and summer, to Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Rice and SMU.
So far, no school is ahead of the rest in Fenimore’s opinion. But two are recruiting him harder than the rest.
“Alabama and Texas A&M have been showing the most interest,” he said. “All the teams are even with me right now. Whoever shows interest in me, I’m interested in them.”