Faniel Wants to Feel Needed Not Just Wanted

GLEN ALLEN, Va.-- Alex Faniel has plenty of time before he makes his decision, but the Glen Allen quarterback knows what he needs from a college program. The 2017 standout discusses his recruitment and where a few teams stand with Scout.

Alex Faniel is starting a new chapter this fall with Glen Allen High School. The  2017 quarterback transferred to the Jaguars this season and is already feeling at home.  

"I feel like it fits what I do best," said Faniel about the new offense he is leading with Glen Allen.

Faniel's list of suitors includes: NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech and East Carolina. Clemson, Michigan State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, Stanford, Maryland, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Duke are all showing interest. 

The Cavaliers were among the first to offer the playmaker. 

"Everybody wants to be close to you," said Faniel," but I feellike the guys at UVa [Virginia Head Coach Mike] London and [UVa Offensive Coordinator] Steve Fairchild and all those guys care about you as a person and not just a player. Case in point, the quarterback that came from Woodberry  [Jacob Rainey] who messed  up his knee, they still honored his scholarship. They do a good job horning the person and not just the football player." 

UVa pledge Cole Blackman is Faniel's new teammate at Glen Allen. The two were friends prior to Faniel's move to the high school, but now as teammates Blackman is certainly hoping to make his case about the Cavaliers.  

"He is definitely pushing me a little," joked Faniel.  "He is pushing me and Antoine [Whitner Jr.] to get one the bus as coach London says. He also tries to let us have our own mindset and make our own decisions."

Faniel isn't sure who will be the next school to offer, saying he could see a number of schools possibly pull the trigger including Penn State, Maryland, Duke and North Carolina. With so many schools coming into the picture, Faniel understands that he doesn't want to be another number to a college coach.

"The best decision for me is the best fit for me," he said, "where they need me more than where they just want me. We only get to go through this process once, while they get to go through this process hundreds of times.

"My dad has this quote that he tells me all the time, why be a fish in the ocean, when you can be a shark in the pond," added Faniel. "So somewhere I can feel comfortable and the education is top notch. Where i feel like they can use my talents to help their football team, and it will definitely come down to coaching staff. Who I am the most comfortable with."

Faniel hopes to visit a couple of schools before he decided sometime before his senior season including Virginia Tech, UVa, Clemson, Penn State, South Carolina and Maryland. He goes more into detail about the recruiting process and when he is visiting certain schools in the video above. 

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