Most nights, Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza High School's Dominique Fenstermacher plays the role of "the other cornerback" -- the guy playing across the field from the state's most recruited prospect. You'll notice him. He's the one that isn't four-star Priest Willis.
On Saturday, though, the 5-foot-10 Fenstermacher made some waves of his own. Just a day after his team's upset of Scottsdale Chaparral, he pulled in a scholarship offer from Arizona. The offer is the 2014 prospect's first, and he admits that it feels darn good to be on the board.
"It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders," Fenstermacher said.
The offer came in the form of an official, handwritten letter from Wildcat head coach Rich Rodriguez, with whom Fenstermacher seems to have already developed a strong relationship.
"I like Coach Rich Rod a lot," Fenstermacher said. "I like the program. I think they could probably be the best team in the state this year."
Arizona has been in contact since early summer, but things are finally starting to get serious. How serious? Well, just hours after the offer arrived, Fenstermacher jumped in the car with his high school teammate and Wildcat commit Mauriece Lee and headed to Tucson for the Wildcats' season opener against Toledo.
"I hang out with Mauriece, like, every day, so it's good to have him with me on this," Fenstermacher said.
Fenstermacher credits Willis with the progress he made in the offseason, pointing out that his high-profile senior teammate gives him daily pointers. Willis is still considering both Arizona and Arizona State as possible college destinations, so the question begged asked:
Will all the interest Arizona is showing in his friends affect Willis' much-anticipated decision?
"I don't know," Fenstermacher said. "I think so. Probably."
His take on the matter isn't exactly insightful. Then again, the "other" Marcos de Niza cornerback has more important things to worry these days.