JC Linebacker To Make January Visit

Scottsdale (Ariz.) College linebacker Tony Fein will spend January visiting schools so he can sign in February, and California will be one of the schools to get an official visit from him...

Scottsdale (Ariz.) College linebacker Tony Fein (6-3, 245) is holding seven offers and plans to use January as a time to visit several of the schools he's interested in.

Because he will graduate in the spring, Fein was able to extend his time to sign until February instead of trying to cram in recruiting by the December 20 JC signing date.

"I'll sign in February so all of the rest of my official trips will happen in January," said Fein. "I have four left and have an idea where I'm going to choose to take my trip to."

Fein had already visited Michigan State during the season and was recruited by John L. Smith. But after Smith was let go from his position at Michigan State, Fein's interest in them waned.

"I pretty much was looking at them when John L. Smith was there, so I'm not really looking there anymore," said Fein.

In the meantime, Nebraska, California, Iowa State, Arizona State, Arizona and Washington State have all extended him an offer and he'll be whittling that list down to four who will get a visit from him.

"I'll most likely visit Cal and Nebraska for sure and then play by ear the other two that I'll take a trip to," said Fein. "I don't really know right now if I'll even take all of them. If I felt like I needed to, I would take them all."

Cal and Nebraska are the two frontrunners for Fein, though he said he is trying to remain somewhat wide opened.

A middle linebacker for Scottsdale, Fein embarked on a busy career following his 2002 graduation from South Kitsap (Wash.) High, enlisting in the military and serving in Iraq.

He returned to the football field in 2005 at Scottsdale and has played the last two seasons, preserving his eligibility to give him three years to play his junior and senior seasons.

"I haven't redshirted yet, so I've got all of my eligibility left," said Fein. "I graduate in May so I can be somewhere in August to practice."

This past year, Fein recorded over 125 tackles from his middle linebacker spot and also tacked on five interceptions.


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