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Caught up with Watseka’s 2018 S/ATH Brendan Fletcher on schools showing serious interest, how his versatility helps him stand out and I also got head coach Aaron Hilgendorf’s thoughts on Fletcher.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 180 lbs
LPI: Tell me about what you’ve been doing this season to take your game to the next level. Also, do you play any other sports in the offseason?
BF: I spend a lot of time watching film as well as private meetings with coach about our offensive and defensive scout and what would work best. I also take time to meet with my teammates to talk to them about things I think could work better in certain situations and they also give me feedback on what they think and then we talk to coach about it. Some other sports I play are basketball and track, so I am busy all year round, but I love the challenge.
LPI: Do you have any offers? If not, which schools have shown serious interest in you?
BF: I currently have no offers however, St. Francis in Joliet, Olivet Nazarene, Southern Illinois, quite a bit of division three schools, and a handful of division two schools have shown serious interest.
LPI: Do you have any planned visits set? If so, where at?
BF: I have been invited for many game day visits. Some of the key ones I plan to attend are Southern Illinois, St. Francis, and Olivet Nazarene. Those are all coming up in these next months of October and November.
LPI: You excel at both QB and SS. Tell me about how you think playing both positions helps you as a recruit.
BF: Playing both positions really help me with my reads both on offense and on defense. I can have more of an idea of what the QB or FS is thinking as I scout as well as in the game. I try and use the ability of playing both positions as one of my strengths and my coaches tell me it really pays off.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
Tim Wright – He is our offensive right tackle and is really an overlooked player. He is very coachable and is always a guy that is willing to learn more about the game and if you tell him something he is going to do his best to go out and make it perfect the next time. He works very hard in the weight room and on the field. He has very good footwork and is very consistent with his technique and fundamentals, he is definitely the lineman I trust the most both on and off the field.
Watseka Head Coach Aaron Hilgendorf on Fletcher on and off the field
“Brendan loves the game of football. He is a joy to coach on and off the field. I believe his best football is still to come. He has all the tools to make an impact at the next level.”