PHOENIX - With multiple division 1 offers, cornerback Dominique Fenstermacher has the intangibles to be a team’s primary playmaker. But playing on a Mountain Pointe defense littered with division-1 talent, Fenstermacher has no problem blending in with his teammates.
“Defensively we’re playing as a single unit,” Fenstermacher told Badger Nation. “We have key pieces in the secondary and in the front seven but when it’s Friday night and game time, we’re playing together. Our secondary is doing great and doing great things.”
From Natrell Curtis at defensive tackle, Wesley Payne at linebacker, Jalen Brown at safety and Fenstermacher at cornerback, Mountain Pointe has division 1 talent at every spot of its defense. Critiquing his own play, the 5-11, 170-pound Fenstermacher admits to misinterpreting some coverages throughout four games, but says he’s already been thrown at twice this season.
“Our front seven and d-line are getting to the quarterback, making it hard to get the ball out,” said Fenstermacher. “I’ve worked extra hard and practice to be ready. You can’t slack off if the ball is not coming to you because you never know if they’re coming at you on the next play. You can’t be caught sleeping.”
Like many of the division 1 recruits on Mountain Pointe, Fenstermacher is more concerned with winning than his recruitment. Even so, Fenstermacher claims offers from Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico State, UNLV, Utah State and Wyoming.
“I am really not focused on the recruiting right now,” he said. “My uncle handles all of that so I can just play football.”
Following the season, Fenstermacher says he is planning to take official visits to Nevada and Utah State, the latter of which he hopes to decide in the coming weeks. While Arizona stands as his only BCS offer, Fenstermacher has been hearing from a couple Big Ten schools.
Attending Nebraska’s spring game this past year, Fenstermacher said he is next in line for an offer from the Cornhuskers should something happened to one of their committed defensive backs.
“They are still recruiting me, but they ended up having the corners they needed to commit,” he said. “If one drops out or something, I am the guy to go to. The coaches were real nice about it. They said, ‘We got the corners we needed, but we’ll still stay in contact with you.’”
While Wisconsin doesn’t have a committed cornerback in the 2014 class, the Badgers, primarily defensive backs coach Bill Busch, reached out to Fenstermacher earlier in the year and continue to monitor his process.
“I haven’t heard much recently from the coaches, but I still get some mail and everything,” Fenstermacher said. “I know they are busy with the season, but I hear through the grapevine from our coaches that they are still interested in me. An offer from them would be a great opportunity.”
With a commitment not on his radar, Fenstermacher’s only goal is to improve his play enough to help the Pride win their first state championship.
“I am just trying to improve in the mental part of the game and where I am supposed to be,” said Fenstermacher. “I don’t want to get taken out of the game, but I want to be a team player and not be selfish. As long as the defense is handling out business, we’ll be in a good spot.”