Junior Wideout Impresses In Defeat

Even though his Mentor team was out-classed 48-21 by defending state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius, junior wide receiver Brandon Fritts showed well in the loss. He is a top 2014 prospect in Ohio.

The final score of 48-21 indicates how fully Cleveland St. Ignatius dominated Mentor Saturday, but even in defeat the Cardinals had a few players turn in fine performances.

Junior wide receiver Brandon Fritts, 6-foot-4, 210-pounds, impressed in the loss. He caught the football well, as to be expected, but he also showed the speed to get deep on a few occasions.

"Obviously, Ignatius was the better team tonight, so we need to regroup and come back, and hopefully meet them again in the playoffs," Fritts stated after the game. "I played alright individually, but that doesn't mean too much when you lose the game."

"The key for us is to come in Sunday, watch the film and correct what's wrong, and then forget about this loss," he added. "We did a few things well offensively, but we came out flat and were down 31-7 right out of the gate, it seemed. We need to come out faster and be ready to go from The Opening play."

Although Fritts has no offers to date, he is hearing from several top programs, and is looking to take unofficial visits this season.

"I visited West Virginia last week for the Marshall game, and I will be going to Michigan State and Pittsburgh for games later this year," he explained. "Going to West Virginia was awesome, and I loved it because the atmosphere was crazy down there. The offense is amazing to watch, and Geno Smith is an amazing quarterback. I'm definitely interested in West Virginia for sure."

"I'm also anxious to see Michigan State when they play Ohio State, and Pittsburgh for their game with Virginia Tech," he continued. "I'm interested in everyone right now, and recruiting is still early for me. I don't have any offers yet, so I have to see how things go from here."

Fritts is also a highly talented basketball player for Mentor, and a player that has above-average athleticism for his size. He projects as a flex tight end at the next level, and has the frame to add 25-pounds easily.


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