Fein set for weekend trip to Louisville

Scout.com four-star JC linebacker prospect Tony Fein is scheduled for an official visit with Louisville this weekend. The JC All-American tells InsideTheVille.com that he has narrowed his list of schools to just three...

Scout.com four-star JC linebacker Tony Fein isn't your everyday junior college prospect. The Port Orchard, Washington native turned to the military following high school, serving three and a half years, including a year in Iraq, with the U.S. Army.

He returned to football in 2005 at Scottsdale (Ariz.) College and in two years has developed into one of the hottest junior college prospects nationwide. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-3, 245-pound linebacker led his team with 122 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and 4 interceptions in nine games. He was honored as league Defense Player of the Year, 1st Team All-League and 1st Team All-NJCAA Region I.

Arizona, Arizona State, California, Louisville, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Washington State help make up his current list of scholarship offers. Fein, who will sign with his school of choice in February, is in the process of making two official visits before choosing from his trio of finalists.

"I'm going to Louisville on the (January) 26th and then Ole Miss on (February) 2nd," Fein told InsideTheVille.com. "Louisville, Ole Miss and Michigan State are my final three schools."

Fein, who received a scholarship offer from the Cardinals in early December, is comfortable with the recent coaching changes at U of L and Michigan State.

"I visited Michigan State September 23rd and they have a new coaching staff since then," he said. "The new staff saw my film and offered me again. As for Louisville, they absolutely have a chance to play for a national championship. With their quarterback Brian Brohm coming back you know that they are going to be in the national spotlight."

Fein said that his interest in Ole Miss is sparked by the opportunity to play in the SEC.

"Playing in the SEC you know that you are going to play against the best competition," he said. "That would help me out as well."

With national signing day rapidly approaching, Fein admits that making his final decision will be a hard one.

"It's going to be real difficult," he explained. "I'm going to wait and I hope these visits help me out. After my last visit I will talk with my family and then pull the trigger on signing day."

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