Fellner: "It's really close"

Colorado's only official visitor over the weekend was three-star safety prospect Nathan Fellner from Fresno, Calif. He had the full attention of the coaching staff and the starting quarterback. Get inside to find out more about his visit and what he thinks of the Buffs.

Colorado quarterback Cody Hawkins served as Fellner's official host, taking him to a Denver Nuggets game at the Pepsi Center on Friday and hanging out with him again Saturday.

"He's a cool kid," Fellner said. "He was a great host."

Fellner came away from what he said was an impressive weekend in Boulder still committed to Washington and new coach Steve Sarkisian, but he said the Buffs and Huskies are neck-and-neck for his signature on national signing day at this point.

"I am right now," he said when asked if he remains committed to the Huskies. "But it's really close. I could see myself going there to Colorado, but I'm taking my visit to Washington this week and then I'll have a good idea about where I stand."

Fellner said one of the personal touches he enjoyed at Colorado was a home black jersey coaches had prepared for him. It was the No. 5 worn in the past by players such as J.J. Billingsley and Herschell Troutman.

"They made a jersey for me," Fellner said. "Next year if I came there, I would wear No. 5 right away. That's sweet. They said I'd have first dibs on it if I came."

Fellner is 6-foot-2, 195 pounds and could play safety or linebacker at the college level. He says programs are recruiting as a safety with some leaving open the possibility of a move to linebacker.

On Saturday, Fellner toured the Colorado campus, including Folsom Field, where he spent time in the team locker room and was impressed by the Thunder Chute, where the Buffs gather before running on the field before games.

"That's sweet," he said.

He met with faculty members and checked out the business school and he and his father had a long meeting with coach Dan Hawkins, whom he says is someone he feels comfortable talking with about any subject.

Fellner said he also spent time with offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich, who has served as the primary contact in his recruitment and defensive coordinator Ron Collins. He said secondary coach Greg Brown ate every meal with him, including a Saturday night dinner at the Boulder Chop House.

"I liked the visit a lot. It was cool," Fellner said. "I didn't know Boulder was such a nice place, super clean. It was looking good."

Fellner said He has no plans to make any more visits after going to Washington this week. He has already developed a solid relationship with new coaches at Washington, including head coach Steve Sarkisian, who made an in-home visit with Fellner last week.

"I'm pretty close to both of them," he said. "I like that staff a lot, too."

Fellner said he knows what will factor most heavily into his college choice.

"Just where I feel I want to play the most and where I can see myself most for the next four to five years," Fellner said.


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