Fellner Keeping His Options Open

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West athlete Nathan Fellner, who is a commit to Washington, was one of the guests of UCLA this past weekend when they played Oregon State and the Bruins' are one of the schools he's still looking at...

Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West athlete Nathan Fellner (6-1, 195), remains committed to Washington, but he's making sure to cover all of his bases in the wake of Tyrone Willingham's dismissal.

That has taken Fellner to Cal and UCLA in the past few weekends to see games, visit with the coaches and keep his options open.

Fellner committed to Washington in the summer, but with Willingham stepping down at the end of the season, Fellner is looking at other options just in case something were to happen with the new coaching staff.

"I talk to Coach (Steve) Gervais about once a week and he's keeping me up to date on what's going on," said Fellner. "And I'm doing my homework, reading up on the coaching situation. But I'm still looking at Cal and UCLA. Just in case the new coach wants to go another way, I need to cover everything."

Two weekends ago, Fellner was at Berkeley to see the Bears in action, and visit his cousin, freshman quarterback Beau Sweeney. Fellner and Sweeney are the grandsons of legendary Fresno State coach Jim Sweeney, whom Cal coach Jeff Tedford played for in college

"Cal was really cool and I got to talk to the coaches up there and they're still watching me," said Fellner.

This past weekend, he took in a trip to UCLA for the Bruins' game with Oregon State.

"I had been trying to get down there but this weekend finally worked. I talked with Coach (Tim) Hauck and Coach (Rick) Neuheisel and they said they were still interested and I gave them my tape. Coach Hauck will watch it this weekend. They've been wanting me to come down for a game. I had a good time there and in the locker room after. I hung out with Ricky Marvray some. I knew him from us playing them the last two years and he's a real cool guy."

Fellner, who also has offers from Stanford and San Diego State, said that he's hopeful he can take some official visits this fall.

"I'd like to visit Cal and UCLA officially besides Washington. I want to visit Washington, but no one has set up the dates for that, so I think I'll wait until the coaching staff gets hired," said Fellner. "But I definitely want to take a couple of visits."

Fellner plays free safety for Clovis West, but said both Cal and UCLA, along with Washington, are looking at him to play strong safety.

"Coach Hauck told me on Saturday that they look at me as a strong safety because of my size," said Fellner.

The hardest part for Fellner has been the uncertainty with Washington.

"Like I said, I'm committed to Washington, but I think I need to just keep some options open and look at some other schools while they decide what to do," said Fellner. "They're still my top school, but I'm going to look around a little bit."

An excellent student with a 3.6, Fellner has been a key part of the Eagles' offense and defense, and they are one of the favorites for another CIF-Central Section title.

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