Austin (Texas) Westwood quarterback Bear Fenimore spent much of the 2011 season as a back-up to two-sport standout Ben Johnson, but he has quickly attracted the attention of college coaches.
The 6-2, 212-pound signal caller was ready when called upon as a sophomore, and over the summer continued to impress on the camp circuit. Following his camp showings college coaches let him know they would be watching in 2012.
"They just told me they like what they saw in person when I went to their camp and throwing and mechanical-wise I'm really good.," Fenimore said. "They just want to see my decision making on film."
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As a junior, he is off to a hot start. He has completed 57 of 102 passes for 516 yards, 4 TDs, and only 1 interception. The Westwood Warriors sit 2-1, with their only loss a 27-24 loss to Lake Travis. Fenimore feels good about his performance so far, and the interest continues to mount.
"It's been going great," Fenimore said of the recruiting process. "I've been getting a lot of mail from a lot of different schools every day. I'm probably averaging about 20 letters a day."
His first scholarship offer has not come yet, but Alabama, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State are three schools Fenimore says are showing the most interest. He plans to visit two of those programs in the near future.
"I'm heading to Alabama for the Ole Miss game not this weekend but the next weekend," Fenimore said. "Then I'm heading up to Oklahoma State I think in three or four weeks."
Growing up, Alabama and Texas A&M were his favorite schools. Being named after coaching legendary coach Bear Bryant his childhood choices come as little surprise. When it comes to the recruiting process though he is taking an open minded approach as more and more schools show interest.
"No sir, I'm pretty even with all my schools," Fenimore said. "Any team that shows interest in me I'm really interested back."