Duke Offers 2010 OLB

Over the past two seasons Stamford High School had a combined 3-17 record, so climbing to 6-5 and winning the city championship was certainly a step in the right direction and a point of motivation for Khairi Fortt and his teammates going into their senior seasons in 2009.

Outside linebacker Khairi Fortt is now in possession of eight written scholarship offers and is also starting to hear from programs in the SEC, a sign that his recruiting could take the step to the next level in the months to come. The 6-foot-2.5, 221-pound ‘backer from Stamford, Conn., has been holding offers from Ohio State, North Carolina, Connecticut, Syracuse, Rutgers and Boston College and recently filled us in on his newest two.

"Duke offered me recently and I am very interested in them because of a lot of reasons," Fortt said. "I like the fact that I'd have a good opportunity to get in there and start early for an ACC program and also be able to attend one of the better schools in the nation. I have been researching them as much as possible lately and have been thinking about making a trip down there in the summer to meet with the coaches and learn more about the campus life and academic options."

"I also just picked up an offer from Maryland and have been emailing back and forth with the coaching staff quite a bit," Fortt explained. "I have really been looking into the majors they offer because that's a huge selling point for me. I would like to major in aerospace engineering, so academics are going to play a huge role in my decision. I see Maryland as a program that is on the rise that just had a strong season, even if it was up and down at times. The coaches have all been very welcoming and I have to get down there for a visit sometime soon."

"In terms of interest, I'd have to say that Penn State, Georgia and Florida are probably the three that haven't offered that are showing me the most serious interest currently. Penn State talked to me recently and said that they'll most likely be extending me an offer in February."

Fortt finished his junior season with 118 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions on his way to first-team All-Conference honors.

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