Quarterback Morgan Fennell (Norwalk, Calif./Cerritos) has been in this position before. Coming out of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly after guiding his team to consecutive CIF championships, the strong-armed Fennell searched for a college fit. There were a few calls and some interest shown, but nothing substantial that developed into scholarship offers.
Now, after successful seasons at Cerritos College, Fennell again finds himself looking for a fit at the next level, again with a solid body of work behind him. This season, the 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback completed nearly 60 percent of his passes for 1,786 yards and 19 touchdowns against four interceptions. Those numbers likely would have been even more impressive had a broken thumb on his throwing hand not limited him toward the end of the season.
In what turned out to be a five-point loss to eventual conference champion Ventura College, Fennell fractured a bone in the thumb of his throwing hand. He was pulled from the game at the end of the first quarter, though he'd already thrown for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns. Fennell missed the following game, but pushed himself back onto the field to finish the season.
"I tried to come back as fast as possible," Fennell said. "I wore a splint until game time and then I had to wear a lot of tape and a glove on my throwing hand for the rest of the games. I kept the splint until about two weeks after the season. Now it's still a little sore, but I'm going to start throwing a ball again next week."
As for the recruiting process, Fennell understands that it's time to begin pushing for attention. He received serious interest from Colorado State and Florida Atlantic earlier this year, but said the Florida Atlantic staff dropped out of the picture suddenly. Fennell said Utah is a program that could begin picking up their interest soon, but he also understands that it could be up to him to generate interest.
"Right now I'm just finishing up my highlight film and we're going to send it out to as many schools as we can," Fennell said. "I just have to put in the work. I went through the same thing in high school, where you get some calls but you're waiting to see that paper with a scholarship offer. Now, I have to push a lot harder."
Fennell said during his time at Cerritos, he has earned two AA degrees and should be qualified to enroll at just about any four-year school beginning in January. Coaches at Cerritos referred to Fennell as "definitely a Division-I football player" capable of contributing at the next level. For now, Fennell will wait and work to get that opportunity.