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Fenteng names schools of interest

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Four-star cornerback Shattle Fenteng hasn't narrowed his list or eliminated any schools from consideration. He's going to visit a handful of additional campuses and see what shakes. Still, there are already some teams to beat.
The Hutchinson Community College defensive back says Ole Miss, West Virginia and Texas Tech lead the way for the time being. The list is not etched in stone. Nor should it be considered a "final three." This is a jumping-off point.
For the time being, though, Ole Miss' jump is the most impressive.
"I have some ties to Ole Miss," Fenteng said. "The No. 1 recruit in the nation, [Robert Nkemdiche], we won a state championship my senior year. His brother, I played with him in high school, too. They're both at Ole Miss. Robert is a monster. He's basically a big lineman running like a skill player.
"At Texas Tech, I like the idea of playing early. And I like the coaching staff, they seem like a family down there."
Fenteng is not roping off his group of favorites, though. Not yet. He says other schools will have ample opportunity to climb into the fray. He's receiving new interest from programs such as Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia and Alabama. And what happens with those programs could alter his recruitment significantly.
"If Alabama or UGA offers, they would be up there as favorites," Fenteng said.
As for visits, there's a loose plan of attack. He plans to take a good look around this fall, and his trips will be wide-ranging. For now, he's in the process of setting dates.
"I'll have all my trips set up pretty soon," Fenteng said. "I know I am going to Georgia, Ole Miss and probably Kansas State and Texas Tech."
Fenteng would like to put his recruitment in the past as quickly as possible. But because of his growing visit list and late-arriving interest, a preseason commitment is not in the cards. Still, if Fenteng gets his way, his travel will be out of the way in the early part of the fall, and a choice will follow close behind.
This won't be drawn out and it won't end with a signing day hat ceremony.
"I was thinking about before the season, but it keeps getting harder," Fenteng said. "I want to have it done by the third or fourth game of my season."
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