March 9, 2009

Fortt grabbing all kinds of attention

Perhaps one of the most coveted linebackers in the country is Stamford (Conn.) Stamford high school outside linebacker Khairi Fortt, and it's evident in his already deep offer list.

Fortt, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, has already piled up 19 scholarship offers and is expecting more to come as time passes.

Just recently, Fortt picked up offers from Florida, Georgia, and Alabama to go along with offers from schools like Ohio State, Notre Dame, Cal, Boston College, Maryland, Miami, North Carolina, Penn State, Rutgers, Connecticut, and others.

"I feel like (my recruiting process) is going pretty good," Fortt said. "Right now I am just picking offers. We have been doing our research on the schools and looking at depth charts and have been putting a lot information into our spreadsheets and evaluating all the schools because its hard and I can only go to one school."

While each recruit would naturally try and narrow things down as time progresses, Fortt has been doing the opposite. With offers continuing to add up with each passing day, Fortt's options keep getting bigger.

The standout linebacker, however, has a goal of when he would like to make things a little more clear.

"I have planned by the end of May to narrow down to 10 schools," said Fortt, who is in Rivlas' list of top 250 players for 2010. "It is probably going to be tough, but I need to move forward."

Despite having plenty on his plate in terms of schools to look at, Fortt said that he is very interested in Ohio State.

"We are definitely looking at Ohio State," Fortt said. "We looked at their depth chart and it looks good at linebacker. We are definitely going to check it out Ohio State and we are definitely considering them."

Ohio State has had quite the past in terms of success at linebacker, whether you look at this year with James Laurinaitis and Marcus Freeman or in the past with players like A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter, Matt Wilhelm, Andy Katzenmoyer, Chris Spielman and beyond.

That tradition at linebacker is something that Fortt really likes.

"That is definitely something that shows that it is a great program to be in with great coaches," Fortt said of Ohio State. "I would like to be a part of a tradition like that and I want to make it to the NFL. I am definitely going to consider going to a program that can get me to the next level and Ohio State definitely has that factor."

Fortt keeps in pretty steady contact with Ohio State co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell, and the linebacker described his relationship with Fickell as "very positive."

"He came down to my school twice and I have his number and I can call him any time," Fortt said. "We just talk about all kinds of stuff, like family and my background and about me coming out there."

As of now, Fortt admitted that he is early in the process and doesn't have any school higher than the other, but affirmed that Ohio State was a school he was certainly interested in.

"We are just taking in all the information right now about all the schools," Fortt said. "I am just going to find out all I can about the schools and move on from there."

Fortt said he plans on pursuing mechanical or aeronautical engineering upon reaching school, so solid academics is something that he is looking for in his college of choice.

"Academics are really important to me," Fortt said. "I want to go to a school that has a good program for my major."

Fortt said he would like to get on the field freshman year, if possible, but it isn't something that is going to effect his eventual decision.

"I want to go somewhere where I can play," Fortt said. "Playing my freshman year is a goal of mine and I am going to work for it, but if it doesn't come it doesn't come. I don't want to have 11 linebackers in front of me, obviously, but I wont make my decision about where I play based on chances of playing my freshman year."

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