Fogarty Makes His Choice

Seth Fogarty, an outstanding wide-receiver from Morgantown High in West Virginia, has announced his college choice. Which college will he be attending?

Name: Seth Fogarty
Position: WR
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 198 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5
School: Morgantown HS, Morgantown, WV

In the end, Seth Fogarty's decision came down to two schools, Penn State and UConn.  Which school did he choose?

"The University of Connecticut," Seth said last evening with the promise that the secret was kept until Tuesday night.

"I talked to my coach today and we drew up every single positive and negative that we could possibly think of.  We just added them up and UConn had one more."

The "one more" is the fact that Seth's brother, Shane Fogarty, is currently a member of the UConn football team.

"It's important to me that he'll be able to have the chance to throw to me.  That's going to be great.  I'm extremely close to my brother.  I've been playing with him since I was a little kid.  Last year, we just tore it up together."

What were some of the other reasons he chose the Huskies?

"Academics is first off and then just playing time.  When I get up there, I'll be playing quickly.

"It's also a plus financially for my parents because them travelling to see me play and then going to see my brother play would be a big burden on them."

Seth chose UConn over a slew of other scholarship Offers.

"The ones that have offered me are West Virginia, UCLA, Georgia, Alabama, Marshall, Toledo, Syracuse, Penn State, UConn and to be honest with you, Florida State is going to if I wait it out.  I talked to them and I think they're going to."

Fogarty, however, has decided not to wait it out.

Seth came close to choosing the Nittany Lions.

"Up until last night, I really did [think I was going to Penn State].  I talked to my coach, we sat down for the last time, and it just boiled down to be UConn."

Did he have concerns about playing time at Penn State?

"Not really, they have a great receiver right now, Bryant Johnson, and he's leaving.  I think that if I worked hard, I'd have a significant shot to play.

"To be honest with you, there really aren't that many negatives to going there.  The academics are great and the program is awesome, but just rumors about Joe leaving.  Also, just maybe getting lost is a concern.  A lot of freshmen coming in to a big program like Penn State or Notre Dame can get lost.  I've seen some players from Morgantown High recently, two that went to Notre Dame, great ball players, but they get lost in big programs like that.  I think that was a major concern.

"It's hard to explain.  There really isn't any reason for me not to go there.  It just came down to financially and my brother."

Shane Fogarty is a true freshman quarterback at UConn and is redshirting this season.

"The quarterback there now is really good and he's a sophomore.  My brother's a freshman and I think that if he works hard, he should definitely have a shot as a junior."

Is there a chance he could change his mind?

"I don't think so.  I'm a man of my word, but I guess anything can happen.

Fogarty, a nice, well-spoken young man, wanted to make sure to let Nittany Lion fans down easy.

"If you could, be very positive about Penn State because it was a very difficult decision for me.  I'm going to try to stay positive and hope it doesn't backfire on me, but Penn State is a great school academically and athletically."



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