Focus On Academics

Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College cornerback Shattle Fenteng is no stranger to the recruitment process. A non-qualifier out of high school, Fenteng has seen increased interest from college coaches the second time around.

The 6-foot-2, 185 pound defensive back, who had originally graduated from Grayson High School (Loganville, Ga.), found himself looking for a home in the junior college ranks after failing to qualify out of high school. It was a decision Fenteng says was a difference maker in more ways than one.

"I feel like I've become more mature, developed my game a bit more," Fenteng said. "I just understand the game more. It's been a great experience."

Because of his development at Hutchinson, colleges have begun to take notice. Numerous schools have extended offers, including Mississippi, Texas Tech, Georgia State, Louisiana-Lafayette and Kansas State.

The most recent school to offer is West Virginia. When the Mountaineers extended their offer Last week, Fenteng admitted he was surprised.

"I feel really good about the offer, he explained. "It's another Big 12 school, which is exciting. I spoke with Coach Mitchell last night and he told me he thought I could be an excellent corner there and could play in the NFL someday."

Fenteng, who has set a goal to graduate in December, doesn't plan on visiting any schools during the summer months. Instead, he plans on using that time to focus on his academics and set visits during the upcoming season.

"I'm going to be taking summer classes and making sure all my credits are in check," Fenteng said. "I'm going to work hard here and focus on what I need to do in school."

"When the fall gets here and schools start playing that's when I plan on visiting," he continued. "I plan on visiting West Virginia for sure during the season and watching them play."

While Fenteng admits he's not close to narrowing his list of schools down, he does say the Mountaineers will be a school in the running for his services till the end.

"Yes, they'll be in it until the end," he said.

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