Monday, April 8, 2013
Nebraska trip impresses CB Fenstermacher
By Erik McKinney
It was a big weekend for Nebraska football, as the Cornhuskers held their annual Red-White spring game and hosted several unofficial visitors. One 2014 recruit who made the trip was cornerback Dominique Fenstermacher (Phoenix, Ariz./Mountain Pointe).
Fenstermacher holds offers from Arizona and Nebraska, but the trip this past weekend might have done quite a bit to boost the Cornhuskers in the race for the 5-foot-10, 171-pound cornerback.
"This was my first time going out there, and I was expecting it to be pretty cold with nothing really to do there," Fenstermacher said of Lincoln, Neb. "But when I went out there, it was a perfect temperature, and the town was a lot different than I expected."
Fenstermacher said he was struck by both the scenery and number of buildings downtown, but both of those things paled in comparison to what he witnessed from the fans.
"They had 60,000 fans for a spring game," he said. "In Nebraska, there is no professional team, so Nebraska football is 24-7. When you go out there as a recruit, the fans go nuts. The atmosphere and how loyal the fans are stood out the most. Just looking at that, I haven't seen that anywhere else."
Off the field, Fenstermacher had an opportunity to speak at length with secondary coach Terry Joseph, who was the coach to offer Fenstermacher a scholarship.
"He's the most straight-up and honest coach I've talked to," Fenstermacher said. "He was telling me they are going to take three corners in this class, and I'm one of their biggest priorities. He's going to recruit me really hard and try to get me to commit."
Fenstermacher said he wasn't tempted to commit on the visit, but the wait might not be much longer. Of course, it depends on how spring ball plays out for the cornerback.
Cal, Michigan State, Oregon State, UCLA, Washington and Wisconsin all will be at Mountain Pointe during the spring evaluation period. Fenstermacher said he believes offers could be on the way from all six of those programs. And if that happens, recruiting likely will become far more complicated for Fenstermacher.
At this point, he hopes to make a decision by the third week of the season at the latest. Although, depending on whether or not those offers -- or any others -- are extended during the evaluation period, Fenstermacher said he could make a decision as soon as the conclusion of spring ball.
"I want to see what happens with spring ball, and if there are any offers worth taking a visit to, I'm going to check that out," Fenstermacher said. "If I don't commit after the spring, I'll want to get a few official visits in, but I want to do that early, because I want to start focusing on the actual season. I want to do what's best for my team. Last year they lost in the state championship game, and I feel like I can help us get that ring this year."