Recruiting Update: Danny Fortener

TBS gets the latest from athlete Danny Fortener. The speedy Ohio prep star has had a busy recruiting season, hearing from schools across the country. Fortener talks bout who he's hearing from and how his campus visit schedule is shaping up.

After recording a blistering 4.25 forty time at the Ohio State summer football camp, Archbishop Alter High School dual quarterback/ wide receiver Danny Fortener is no longer under the radar following his senior year of high school football.

Universities currently interested in Fortener include Arkansas, Kansas, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Maryland, Virginia, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, New Mexico, Utah, Boise State, San Diego State, Ball State, Bowling Green, Marshall, Central Florida, Cincinnati, Illinois State, Western Kentucky, Louisiana Tech and Troy State.

"I went up there [Wisconsin] earlier in the season and it was a fun trip. I went to Marshall too the week before," Fortener said. "I'm going to Michigan State and probably Penn State sometime in January. He [Michigan State Coach Haynes] told me that they were going to offer me a scholarship either when they come down to visit me at school or when I go up on my official visit with them."

"Coach Jay Paterno, Joe's son, came down and talked to me at School on Monday [Dec 6th] and he's really a nice guy. He talked to me about how he's going to try and get me on a visit."

Things are looking up for Danny following a junior year where he spent most of his time on the bench. Archbishop Alter coaches didn't fully understand what kind of an athlete they possessed in Fortener. Following a breakout game during state playoff contention his junior year, coaches placed him at the quarterback position where they could utilize his speed and get the ball into his hands at least once with every snap.

"I finished up with just a little under 1,000 rushing yards. I only threw the ball like 4 times. We play in a wishbone offense, and I ran the quarterback keep quite a bit," said Fortener.

"I had 151 rushes for 988 yards. Receiving, I only had 9 catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. Scoring I had 90 points with 15 touchdowns. I averaged 38 yards a punt and over 2,000 yards punting. That's too many punts though. Kick off returns I averaged 19 yards a return."

First Team All-Ohio linebacker Matt Krystofic, a junior at Archbishop Alter High School, said Danny Fortener was the fastest athlete he's ever seen.

"Danny is just incredibly fast," said Krystofic. "I don't think there is a faster kid in the state of Ohio. Once he turns the corner no one is going to catch Danny, and I‘ve seen him outrun some of the fastest kids around."

Of his accomplishments this season, Fortener said, "I got team MVP and I was JCL First-Team and South-West Ohio First-Team. I was All-Ohio Special Mention." Fortener was also recognized as "WHIO-7 Player of the week" and "Player of the Year" awards.

BYU has contacted Fortener's former coach and CEO of Excel Sports Matthew King. King told TBS that BYU coach Barry Lamb contacted him about Fortener. However, Danny, who expressed his interested in attending a religiously affiliated school such as BYU, has not personally heard from BYU coaches.

"I haven't heard from any of them," Fortener said. "I don't know. They could be talking to coach (Matthew) King and all that. I mean, at ESC (Excel Sports Co.), they do a great job with helping me in the recruiting. I mean, they've talked to so many coaches it's amazing with what they've done. It would be great if they offered me. I'm looking at receiver and that's where all the other schools are looking at me for."

Fortener said he's already passed the ACT and is good to go, but he plans on taking it again this Saturday, December 11th. "I took the ACT in the spring of last year and I got a 19 on it and I'm taking it again this Saturday morning so I can try and get a better score, but I've passed it already," he concluded.


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