Tight End May Have Defensive End In Future

One primary purpose of college football summer camps is to discover a prospect's best position. He may be asked to perform at unfamiliar positions to check for untapped potential. Such was the case for Troy Fumagalli at a recent Fighting Illini camp. The tight end was tested at defensive end to see how his athleticism would translate there.

Troy Fumagalli is a tight end by trade. The Waubonsee Valley star attended an Illinois summer camp recently hoping to showcase his tight end skills. Illini coaches saw potential in him for the defensive side of the ball and worked him at defensive end.

"I haven't played defensive end in about five years, so it was new to me. They wanted to see me play defensive end. I think I'm quick off the ball, and I can make some moves with my hands."

The 6'-4", 219 pounder flashed potential despite rustiness. He hopes to land a major college scholarship offer and is willing to do whatever is asked of him to prove his worth. In that regard, he is participating in multiple camps this summer.

"I went to Iowa State and Northwestern, and I'm currently going to Wisconsin, Indiana and Stanford. I'm just trying to showcase myself as best I can."

Fumagalli is more familiar with his abilities on offense.

"I have good hands. I'm good off the ball, and I'm smart. As I tight end, I can read where the defenders are going. And I run good routes. I want to work on speed and agility."

He has a number of offers but hopes to hear good news from high major schools.

"I have offers from almost all the MAC, and I have some from the Patriot League as well. I'm hearing from Minnesota, Illinois, Boston College, Stanford, Indiana and Iowa State."

The future Marketing or Finance major hopes his future school meets his criteria.

"The first thing is academics. Obviously, I'd love to play in the Big 10."

Fumagalli has yet to hear from his favorite school growing up.

"My mom went to Iowa, so I'm an Iowa fan."

It may be awhile before he makes a college decision.

"I haven't even thought about when I would make a decision. Whatever place feels like home for me."

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