November 10, 2011

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Across Ohio this fall, there are a handful of sophomore football prospects that are starting to generate some buzz. One of those sophomores is Mentor (Ohio) wide receiver Brandon Fritts. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect has made a major impact for the Cardinals as they currently sit at 10-1. Fritts' impressive season is starting to open some eyes.

"I was invited down to the Ohio State/Wisconsin game but that's about it," said Fritts, when asked about his recruiting interest. "The atmosphere was crazy. We have a pretty big stadium but it's nothing compared to Ohio State obviously. It's got to be pretty nerve-racking being out there but it's also got to be a lot of fun."

For Fritts, the trip to Ohio Stadium was a memorable one as he grew up following the Buckeyes as a kid.

"Ever since I can remember, I've been watching Ohio State and they have always been my favorite team," he said.

Fritts has had some big games against some of Ohio's top teams such as St. Ignatius and Solon and while he expected to make an impact this year, he has exceeded his own expectations.

"I thought I could do well this year but I think I've done even better than I thought I would," he said. "I didn't think I would be this involved in the offense. I think I've had a pretty good year so far."

As a program, Mentor is known for its high powered passing attack and the Cardinals offense is putting up some huge numbers once again this fall.

"It's a lot of fun because I'm so involved in the offense," he said. "There's not one play where I can't possibly get the ball. Every play there's a chance that I could get the ball so that's a lot of fun."

Coming from a basketball background, it is no surprise that Fritts pointed to his ball skills as a major strength of his game.

"I like going up to get it, I like the long ball," he said. "I like when my quarterback just throws it up and I can go get it, like jump ball situations. I have long arms and everything and I just like to go up and get the ball. I'd probably say I'm working on my speed, just accelerating after the catch, I'm working on getting better that."

Fritts and company will play their second round playoff game on Saturday night when they face Solon, a team the Cardinals beat, 44-20, in week seven. Fritts believes that he and his teammates just need to keep the same mindset in order to advance.

"I don't think we need to change much," he explained. "I think we need to just stick with our gameplan. We don't want to over-play it; everything we've done has worked to this point."


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