Fellner Lands "Big" Offer

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West safety Nathan Fellner help lead the Eagles to the Central Section DI title on Friday night over rival Clovis East. On Saturday morning, on his way down to see the UCLA-USC game, a Big 12 defensive coordinator called and offered him. The Washington verbal commit now holds five offers from BCS schools…

Nathan Fellner (6-0, 200) has steadily moved from a two-way player to one of the best safeties in the West. The senior helped lead Clovis West to a 10-3 season, a Tri-River Athletic Conference title, and a Central Section DI championship. On the season, he totaled over 90 tackles from the free safety spot. In a new offense, he saw limited time at running back, but his role on defense increased substantially. His aggressive play and hard-hitting ability has attracted numerous college coaches to the Fresno campus.

After winning his first Valley title on Friday night, Fellner was on his way to visit UCLA – unofficially – for the game against USC. On the way down Interstate 5 Saturday morning, he received a call from a Big XII defensive coordinator.

"Colorado offered," Fellner told Scout.com via text message. "Yeah, defensive coordinator [Ron Collins] called and offered."

The Buffalos are the first Big XII school to offer Fellner but his fifth from a BCS school. Arizona offered him recently, and he says he will trip to Tucson the weekend of December 19. Fellner is still verbally committed to Washington, but says he has not heard anything from the university since the impending announcement of new head coach Steve Sarkisian.

"I thought it was going to be [Fresno State head coach] Pat Hill," said Fellner.

Fellner's season is over and he is focused on recruiting. He is still a Husky, but he is keeping his options open until he talks to Coach Sarkisian. Stanford was the first school to offer him, but it is as a running back. The Cardinal is still keeping contact, but Fellner prefers to play defense. Washington State, San Diego State, and Air Force have offered him as a safety.

Saturday's UCLA-USC game is not Fellner's first trip to Pasadena to check out the Bruins. He also visited Berkeley last month for the California-Oregon game, two schools he is also keeping on his radar.

Fellner carries a 3.6 GPA. He scored over 1500 on the SAT.


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