Khairi Fortt is another name that has popped up in connection with a Penn State transfer to Washington. He is a talented linebacker that according to reports from Dave Ruden has interest from 12 schools.
ESPN.com lists Washington in that mix and currently Fortt is on the West Coast visiting the California Golden Bears. If there is any mutual return in interest, UW may be able to get him to swing up before flying back to Penn State. Currently, Ruden says he has no other visits scheduled but that could change. He also doesn’t plan to make a decision by Monday.
I talked with Tim Tolley from VictoryBellRings.com, the Penn State affiliate for Fansided.com, about Fortt. Tolley told me that Fortt is a freak of an athlete.
“Big, strong, fast. He’s fast enough to play any LB spot but he’s a mlb on our depth chart. Highly recruited out of high school in Connecticut. Was partially recruited to PSU by silas redd, who’s from his hometown. He added like 8-10 pounds this post off-season.”
He also went on to explain that he was going to be competing for the starting MLB role this season with the returning starter from last season. Fortt is more athletic and talented but sometimes over relies on his speed/athleticism and loses his discipline. Tolley said, “If he plays more disciplined, he has all-conference caliber talent.”
It is no surprise that Washington is interested in Fortt as he would be a veteran linebacker with much needed talent and ability. He would most likely start on the Husky defense and with his ability to play other linebacker positions could find himself putting in lots of minutes.
However, the chances look slim that he will find his way to UW, with the amount of schools that are pursuing him and he has even mentioned he is willing to stay at Penn State. But certainly a name to keep an eye on.