A.J. Fenton talks SU and recruiting

Junior A.J. Fenton of McDowell High in Erie, PA., has started at linebacker for a grand total of one game in his career and played only seven games as a junior because of a hamstring injury. But after he sent his highlight tape to coaches across the nation, quite a few came to the decision that he has the potential to play the position at a major college level.

Junior A.J. Fenton of McDowell High in Erie, PA., has started at linebacker for a grand total of one game in his career and played only seven games as a junior because of a hamstring injury. But after he sent his highlight tape to coaches across the nation, quite a few came to the decision that he has the potential to play the position at a major college level. Several schools have already tendered scholarship offers, one of which is Syracuse. In fact, SU was the first to offer last month.

"Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Marshall," said Fenton of his early offers, adding that Iowa and Vanderbilt have also shown interest.

Fenton has visited Pitt so far and plans to visit the Cuse as well sometime soon, along with trips to Iowa and Vandy.

"I want to get up to Syracuse one of these days for a spring practice … I haven't been up to Syracuse so I don't know much about it," said Fenton, who is being recruited by SU assistant coach Scott Spencer. "He seems to be a good guy. He seems laid-back."

In terms of what he's looking for in a school, Fenton said: "Basically a coaching staff that I feel comfortable with, somewhere I feel at home and good academics. Location isn't a factor at all."

Fenton, 6-foot-2, 215-pounds, earned First Team All-Conference (WPIAL North) honors as a junior. He benches 350.

A former baseball and basketball player, Fenton quit both sports to focus on his gridiron career. After rushing for 1,079 yards and 13 touchdowns on 144 carries in just seven games, he's come to the realization that his future is on the other aide of the ball. He'll take his prototype linebacker size and 4.6-second 40-yard dash to the linebacker and safety spots as a senior.

In terms of a commitment, Fenton doesn't see himself making one until sometime during or after his senior season. So there's plenty of time for schools such as Syracuse to make an impression on him.

"I think I could be a good linebacker for them," he said.

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