December 26, 2008

LB Fortt reflects on season, visits

The last few months have been exciting for Fairfax (Va.) Robinson junior linebacker Khairi Fortt. The 6-foot-2, 216-pound prospect has picked up several offers from Division I programs and earned a lot of accolades for his play in the fall. Now that the holidays are here and school is over for a while, Fortt has some time to reflect on things.

Fortt, who is listed as one of Rivals.com's Rivals250 to Watch for 2010, visited several schools in the fall. How did those trips go, now that he has the benefit of hindsight?

"During the season I visited Rutgers, UConn, BC and Penn State," he said. "I don't have any favorites but the two best trips were to Penn State and BC. They were two exciting games and both of them had a lot of fan support. All the players were hyped, there were big crowds and I liked the energy."

While Fortt is spending some time reflecting on the past, he's also starting to look toward the future.

"There are a whole bunch of junior days in January. I don't know if I'm going to go to all of them, but I know they have stuff at Duke, Rutgers and Florida. Actually, I think Miami and Florida both want me to go down there."

Fortt now holds offers from Boston College, UConn, Rutgers, North Carolina, Maryland, Syracuse and Ohio State. He said Penn State has extended a verbal offer, but the written offer has not yet come in. Clemson had hinted that an offer might be on the way but with the coaching change he has not heard as much from them.

"Our season ended up going pretty well," he continued. "We finished 6-5 and won the city championship. It was a lot better than last season when we went 1-9.

"The biggest difference was the commitment of the players in the weight room and their commitment to football, period. We still had some issues this year. There were just less of them."

On the year Fortt recorded 118 tackles and two interceptions while forcing five fumbles and pressuring the quarterback six times. He earned all-conference, all-city and all-state honors.

He will be attending the U.S. Army All-American combine in early January.

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