UW no longer recruiting Fortener

Receiver has one official visit lined up, three new favorites

When the recruiting process was building towards a crescendo, Danny Fortener had one favorite: Wisconsin. He waited and waited for the scholarship offer he hoped to accept. That plan, though, came crashing down when the Badgers ceased recruiting the speedy wide receiver prospect from Kettering, Ohio.

"They called a while ago and told me that they signed all their receivers already," Fortener said. He added that the coach who informed him of Wisconsin's decision thanked him for coming on an unofficial visit back in September.

"He was real nice and he thanked me for coming up on my visit and that I hung in there as long as I did," Fortener said. "I still root for them. When I went up there it was a great experience for me."

"The recruiting process is up and down all the time. I guess you've got to get used to that," Fortener said.

Fortener has scholarship offers from some MAC schools, which he chooses not to disclose. His current favorites are Michigan State, Penn State and Marshall. Those schools have not offered scholarships, but he feels that all are close to offering, particularly Michigan State. Fortener has an official visit set with the Spartans for Jan. 14.

"Penn State said something about they're trying to get me to visit out there and then possibly an offer but their coach still had to look at the highlight tape," Fortener said. Nittany Lion quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator Jay Paterno visited Fortener at Archbishop Alter High School this week.

Fortener played quarterback at Alter this year but he threw the ball only four times, taking advantage of his exceptional speed to rush for nearly 1,000 yards. The special mention All-Ohio selection is being recruited solely as a wide receiver.

Fortener is also looking to set up an official visit to Marshall. He took an unofficial to that school Sept. 4.

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