PA Tight-end Reaches a Decision

<b>Doug Fife</b>, a 6'5", 240-pound tight-end from McMurray, PA who took an official visit to Penn State last month has made a final decision. Where is he headed?

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

Doug, who committed to Akron half-way through his senior season but was thrust back into the recruiting process when the coaching staff was fired, did not take his scheduled official visit to Minnesota last month.

"No, they cancelled on everybody that week because of weather and the bowl game, so noone went up that weekend," Doug explained.

He will not take an official visit to Minnesota, or any other school for that matter, as he has reached a final decision.

"I went back up to Akron unofficially to see what was going on with the new stuff and I recommitted there. That was Sunday."

Doug got the chance to meet Akron's new head coach, J.D. Brookhart, formerly the Offensive Coordinator/Wide-Receivers Coach at Pittsburgh.

"Everything went real well. The coaching staff was awesome. They were all the kind of people I want to be around.

"I was supposed to go to Delaware this weekend, then Akron, then the Minnesota one, and then UConn, but after meeting with the Akron coaches, with it being so close to home and the new facilities—, the new facility that they're building right now is better than Penn State's, Minnesota's. It's like nothing I've ever seen. It just felt right and I kind of fell in love with it again."

Doug had been high on the Nittany Lions, especially following his official visit to State College last month, but Penn State was no longer an option after Coach Kenny Carter called him on Saturday.

"They dropped out of everything. They kind of let me loose. They were going to take another tight-end, but they're not now, so it all kind of fell through. He called on Saturday, the day before I went out to Akron, so everything kind of worked out."

Penn State opens the 2004 season at home against Akron.

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