Funny what a single conversation with a coach can do.
On Tuesday morning, Dominique Fenstermacher knew next to nothing about Utah State. He was pretty sure it was a college in Utah with a football team. But the Phoenix (Ariz.) Mountain Pointe defensive back's knowledge of the program ended there.
By the end of the day, though, the three-star athlete's dramatic change in outlook shocked Fenstermacher himself.
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"They kind of had to fill me in," Fenstermacher said. "I didn't know anything. I didn't even know they were looking at me. I didn't know they went 11-2 last year. They're a pretty good football club. It's definitely a football program that's on the rise."
It was Utah State assistant Kevin McGiven that offered Fenstermacher and, in turn, was charges with the task of educating him on the program. And while the football chatter impressed the 171-pound defensive back, it wasn't the only thing that got him thinking.
Some prospects are blown away by campus visits. In this case, all it took was a phone call.
"The thing that really stood out to me is when he said that they graduated, in the last four years, 100 percent of their seniors," he said. "It really stands out that they have a good academic plan in mind.
"The whole conversation as one of the better conversations I have ever had with coach. He seems legit and real genuine, so I'm going to go out there and check it out."
As much as Utah State impressed, Fenstermacher isn't getting carried away. He feels his recruitment is in its infancy and plans to bide his time while more schools get involved and more possible college paths present themselves.
"Everything is still picking up for me," Fenstermacher said. "More and more schools that I didn't know were recruiting me are getting in contact with me at different times. That's forced me to stay pretty open."
Fenstermacher says he is in conversations with Utah, Michigan State, Washington, Oregon State, Colorado, Colorado State and Wisconsin.
"I think the next offer will be either Utah, Washington or Oregon State. It's tough to say, but that's what I would guess."