Four-star running back Mark Fletcher has been taking visits for a long time, he’s seen a bunch of programs and now the Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage standout is ready to announce his decision.
In today’s Ranking The Contenders, we break down Fletcher’s four finalists and rank them in order of where the four-star is most likely to commit.
1. OHIO STATE
If Fletcher made a commitment in the last few months, it probably would not have been to Ohio State. But in recent weeks, the four-star running back joined a bunch of other South Florida prospects in Columbus and absolutely fell in love.
Fletcher has not been opposed to playing far away from home in colder weather since two other Big Ten programs made his final four as well. So when he was on campus, saw the plan for him at running back – especially since he’s a bigger back – everything seemed to fall into place. Heading into decision day, the Buckeyes look to hold the edge.
The other three teams are all very close to each other and all could make an argument for being second on the list. Miami is the hometown team and he really likes what coach Mario Cristobal and his staff are planning for the Hurricanes. So being a big part of the rebuild is definitely attractive.
There is a renewed excitement in the Miami program even before Cristobal has coached a game there and playing down the road from friends and family is an attractive proposition.
When Fletcher visited Michigan in late March, the four-star said he loved everything about it from the town to the people to the coaches and everything in between. The Plantation American Heritage standout said it was one of the best visits he’s been on.
Michigan no doubt remains in the running for him. The NFL experience on its coaching staff is a plus and he had a great time in Ann Arbor. Maybe the one holdup? He had an even better time in Columbus.
4. PENN STATE
It’s almost unfair to put Penn State fourth on this list because the Nittany Lions have been involved with Fletcher for a long time and arguably the best relationship he has in his recruitment is with position coach Ja’Juan Seider. Their bond goes beyond just that of recruit and coach because they’ve gotten to know each other well over a long period of time.
But if Fletcher has teammates – or at least 7-on-7 teammates – looking more closely at Ohio State, then the Buckeyes could be tough to beat.