Between daily workouts, 7-on-7 competitions and listening to coaches pitch their colleges, Loganville (GA) Grayson linebacker Daniel Fennell has seen most of the summer come and go.
“It hasn’t been easy at all,” he said. “Honest, it’s hard not to leave anybody out, forget anybody or remember to call somebody. It’s something I’ve got to get used to. It’s not supposed to be easy, but it’s just something I have to get use to. All the workouts and everything else really keep me busy.”
It’d be one thing if the 6-2, 222-pound prospect was sorting through a few offers, but Fennell has schools from all over the country he’s trying to research. With North Carolina State his most recent offer, Fennell sits at 20 and has been offered by schools in the AAC, ACC, Big Ten and SEC.
“I’ve just been looking for the place that’s the best fit for me,” said Fennell. “I want to find somewhere that I can call home and is good education wise.”
Of his offer list, Fennell said Duke, Georgia, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Wisconsin have been recruiting him the hardest. While Fennell said he would like to play closer to home, the three-star prospects didn’t rule out the Badgers or Spartans.
“I like their defenses, I like everything they are about and they’ve won a lot of games recently,” said Fennell. “I like both of them a whole lot.”
The Spartans are in Fennell’s list because of what Coach Mark Dantonio has done to build Michigan State into one of the top defenses annually.
“They were in the Rose Bowl because of their defense and they have some old linebackers on their way out, so that’s the best chance for me to get on the field,” said Fennell.
Wisconsin is on Fennell’s radar because of running back coach Thomas Brown, who in his first year has made a number of deep connections with prospects in Georgia. Brown was one of the first coaches to start recruiting Fennell and has been able to build a relationship over time.
“He played for Georgia and I grew up watching Georgia, so I’ve known about him for a long time,” said Fennell. “He’s a really cool guy. Wisconsin is a good school, and I’ve always known them to be in the hunt all the time.”
While Fennell, ranked as the No.31 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, is visiting Louisville this weekend and planning to visit the North Carolina schools, he has been pushed by both Michigan State and Wisconsin coaching staffs to take a visit. He doubts he’ll visit either before the start of the season but could take an official visit to both schools in the fall.
“I know I am going to see Duke and Michigan State (for officials),” said Fennell. “I might see Wisconsin. I have no date set in mind to commit other when I find the right spot.”