Fortune Likes What He's Hearing From UW

With camps kicking into gear this week, the Husky coaching staff could be handing out some more offers pretty soon and one prospect that appears to be in line for one of those is Etiwanda (Ca.) DL DeShawn Fortune...

"I'm going to Washington's camp down here at (the University of) Redlands on Thursday," Fortune told "I've been talking with coach (Keith) Bhonapha about it and he said they like me a lot and how I never quit.

"I don't have an offer from them yet, but they have been saying if I come and camp with them, then they could be close, so I am heading over there to work out on Thursday."

Fortune does have two offers to his name, San Jose State and Weber State, and he said schools like Arizona, Oregon State and Fresno State have all been picking up the pace with him so far.

"I've already camped down here with Washington State and Portland State and I'm going to U-Dub's camp on Thursday, Fresno State's camp tomorrow (6/11) and Arizona's camp on the 13th," Fortune noted. "That'll be it for me with camps because I will be focusing on my team and getting ready for my season after that."

As far as his connection with the Husky football program, Fortune is relatively close with current Husky freshman defensive lineman Joe Mathis.

"He loves it up there and said the new staff there is really good and he's excited about what they are going to do this year," Fortune said. "He said it rains a lot, but that isn't that big of a deal."

As a junior last fall, while playing at 255 pounds, Fortune totaled 108 tackles and two sacks from his middle linebacker spot, but this fall he'll move to the defensive line and he knows he needs to add some size and strength.

"I'm 270 right now and I'm 6'2" so they are looking at me inside," Fortune said. "I know I need to add more strength, especially in my legs, and I want to get up to about 280 before the season.

"One thing that coaches say they like about me is that I never give up, I have a high motor and I am a dominant person when I am on the field.

"I love to play and compete and I love to play football and I think that comes through when I play the game."

As far as a time frame on making a decision, Fortune was non-committal, but he has been thinking about what criteria he will be looking at when he is ready to commit to a school.

"Definitely academics first. I want to be a cop, so I will be looking at the Criminal Justice department and making sure it fits what I am looking for," Fortune said. "I will also see how I fit with the scheme and the coaching staff and how I comfortable I feel with the school and program in general.

"I'm not really looking to make a decision soon, but I also don't want to drag it out if I am ready. I'll just go through the process and if I am ready to decide early, then I will, but if I want to wait until after the season, I'll do that.

"I really haven't thought much about when I will decide other than that I want to check out different schools and meet with different coaches before I do that so I can get a feel for what they have to offer."

DeShawn Fortune Scout Profile Top Stories