- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Despite receiving a scholarship offer after the second game of his junior season, cornerback Dominique Fenstermacher (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos De Niza) has largely been shielded from the recruiting process. Even that offer, from Arizona, didn't come directly from the Wildcats' coaches.
"It was a letter, and my mom actually got it," he said. "She called me because I was on the way to the Arizona game. She was pretty calm about it, for the most part. But it was really random, so I asked her if she was sure she knew what she was talking about."
As it turns out, his mother did know what she was talking about, and so did the Arizona coaches, as Fenstermacher went on to put together a tremendous junior year. Heading into a semifinal game against Tucson (Ariz.) Ironwood Ridge, he has 43 tackles, one sack and 14 passes defensed. Fenstermacher also played a big role in getting the Padres to this point in the playoffs, as he registered three interceptions -- doubling his season total -- in a quarterfinal win last week.
Fenstermacher said he has received recruiting information from Arizona State, Oregon and UCLA, although it hasn't extended much beyond that. This weekend, teammate Priest Willis will take an unofficial visit to UCLA and will bring Fenstermacher along with him. Willis, an ESPN 150 safety, said he wants to give his friend an up-close look at the recruiting process because he is sure interest will pick up for Fenstermacher in a big way before next season.
"I can't wait and I'm very excited for the visit," Fenstermacher said. "I'm new to the whole recruiting process, so I'm just going to go with the flow. I want to see the UCLA environment. I've heard when the crowd does the 8-clap chant it's pretty cool, so I really want to see that."
Fenstermacher checked in at 5-foot-9 and 157 pounds this past spring, but has added weight throughout the year and will look to help send the seniors out with a state title this season before taking over as one of the top defensive talents in the area next season.