Quarterback Ian Fisher of Brunswick (Md.) was hoping to use his junior season as a stepping stone to greater things, and after leading the state in yardage and completions, he seems to have accomplished just that. Fisher also stayed busy this fall by taking numerous visits, which has led him to name two early favorites.
"Recruiting has been great," said Fisher, who is 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds. "I'm getting about seven solid looks and went on six unofficial visits to games. After this past season, I'm getting some pretty good interest from some other schools as well."
The seven schools that Fisher referred to are Penn State, Rutgers, Maryland, Duke, UConn, Oregon and Wisconsin. He took visits to each of these, except for Wisconsin, and two of the visits stood out.
"Penn State and Rutgers were my favorites by far," said Fisher. "I don't know which one I like better between those though."
Several things seem to stand out to Fisher regarding these two programs.
"At Rutgers it was the recruiting center, the facilities and the fact that the program has such an upside and is bound to just explode soon," said Fisher. "At Penn State it was the tradition, the fans and just the overall feel you get from the people there is amazing."
Fisher will continue his busy schedule in the coming months.
"So far I'm going to Duke and Maryland this spring," said Fisher. "They've already been to my school and we spoke shortly. Rutgers, Penn State and UConn have called my coach a couple of times so I would imagine I'll probably visit there in the spring too."
The Maryland junior is sure to receive increased interest after the impressive season he put together on the field this fall.
"The season went extremely well," said Fisher. "My team went from being 3-7 the last two seasons, to 11-2 this season and getting to the state semifinals. And I finished completing 219 of 339 passes for 3,025 yards, nine interceptions and 27 touchdowns. I had the most yards and completions in the state."
The hard work that Fisher put into improving his skills during the last year led to his big junior season.
"I had terrible footwork last season and I was slow, but we worked the entire off-season and I improved my footwork and got faster, which allowed me to run effectively too," said Fisher, who also realizes that he still has plenty of work in front of him. "I need to work on my feet a lot more, I need to get stronger, smarter, faster and more accurate. Everything still needs a ton of work."