Fletcher ready to bloom

Hartnell College defensive end Kapil Fletcher is continuing to develop heading into his sophomore season.

Kapil Fletcher has been working hard this offseason. The Hartfield College defensive end stands 6-food-4, 255-pounds and has worked on developing his game to garner more interest from big time programs that would want to take advantage of his remaining eligibility after this season.

"I became a better run blocker by working on my technique," Fletcher said. "In pass situations I worked on adding some more moves and in the weight room, I worked on getting stronger and more explosive." There's no shortage of schools that have taken notice of the up and coming prospect.

"Off the top of my head right now, Oregon, San Jose State, Western Kentucky, New Mexico has been emailing me, Boise State and some others," Fletcher said.

Oregon is one school that is continually showing interest. Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and Fletcher have been keeping in contact with one another over the phone, making sure that the defensive end is staying eligible academically. Right now, Fletcher said he is on track to graduate without issue.

"I spoke to Coach Aliotti last week or two weeks ago," Fletcher said. "We're getting more familiar with each other on the phone. He asks me how I'm doing and about school. It's mostly normal stuff. He said he likes my explosiveness, like the way I get off the ball.

Fletcher wants to take a couple of official visits before the season, but isn't sure if that can happen. Western Kentucky has shown interest in bringing him out, but he remains focused on the task at hand and may hold off until after the season.

"Every school is on the same playing field," Fletcher said. "I appreciate each school that's reached out to me, but as of right now the main focus is school and this season coming up."

When discussing the upcoming season, Fletcher remains unselfish. He said he wants to play hard, but the ultimate goal is winning a championship as a team.

"I can get 10 tackles and five sacks during a game, but if we lose it doesn't matter," Fletcher said.

Fletcher anticipates making a decision after the season. He will have three years to play two.

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