Exploring All His Options

<b>Doug Fife</b>, a 6'5", 240-pound tight-end from McMurray, PA, is currently at Penn State on an official visit. How interested is the Nittany Lion coaching staff in Fife, a life-long Penn State fan?

Name: Doug Fife
Position: TE
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 240 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.85
School: Peters Township HS, McMurray, PA

Doug helped his team to an 8-3 record this season, although the Indians ultimately lost to Blackhawk in the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals. The 3-year starter at tight-end had 31 receptions for 720 yards and 5 touchdowns. He's also started at outside linebacker the past 2 seasons, but college coaching staffs are interested in him playing tight-end at the collegiate level.

Doug committed to Akron half-way through his senior season, but when the coaching staff was fired about 3 weeks ago, he found himself thrust back into the recruiting process.

Since the firing, Fife has only received one call from the Akron Athletic Director who was not able to shed much light on the coaching situation.

"I don't know what's going on," Doug admitted. "I've been keeping my options open just in case. That's why I'm going on all these visits.

"I've been talking to a lot of schools: the University of Connecticut, Penn State, Minnesota, Iowa, Maryland and Delaware. They've been calling me."

Temple offered him a scholarship prior to his commitment to Akron. Delaware offered last week.

This year, he visited Akron for 2 games, attended summer camps at Maryland, Wisconsin, Akron and Bowling Green, and was at Penn State for the Nittany Lion's game against Indiana.

Doug, who has several family connections to Penn State, will return to Happy Valley this weekend (12/5-12/7) with his parents for his first official visit. He said he will probably stay with offensive guard Tyler Reed.

"I'm very excited. I've been a Penn State fan for a while.

"They (PSU) started recruiting me right after the end of the season. It was Kenny Carter, the wide-receivers coach. He's the one in contact with me. I think he heard from somebody and we sent them a tape. Ever since then, we've just been talking a lot. They've become more and more interested. He came to the school to talk to me.

"He said they liked the tape a lot, that they're very interested and that they just want to keep in contact with me. They said I'm like right up there on the list to get offered, but they just aren't sure yet."

When colleges began showing interest in Doug last year, he started working out and training much more intently.

"Last year, I only weighed around 210, 215. That's when he (Coach Carter) saw me for the first time. Coming back this year and meeting him when they invited me up to the game, they were really impressed about how much bigger I got. I dropped my 40 time too and they noticed that. I was at like a 5.1 last year."

What interests him with regard to Penn State?

"Basically, just how they play and also that they're recruiting tight-ends. There's not too many on the team right now that are actually considered tight-ends. One moved to tackle I think and the other one moved to defense. I've always liked the style of play that they've had. I've been a fan since as long as I can remember. I've met all the coaches and it's just a great feel for me."

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