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Position change helps Sidney Fugar, '21 get offer
After playing football for the first time last year as a senior at North Point High School in Waldorf, Md., Sidney Fugar decided to play at a prep school this year and switched from defensive tackle to the offensive line once he got there. The move recently helped him catch the attention of at least one major program.
The Class of 2021 offensive lineman from St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn., received his first Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offer Nov. 19 from Tennessee, and while he's still learning more about the program, he said his offer from the Vols "is my leading offer right now, for sure."
The 6-foot-7, 330-pound Fugar said he has been in contact with Tennessee running backs coach Jay Graham and student assistant Tanner Antonutti, a former Vols offensive lineman, over the past couple weeks. His only previous offer was from Delaware State, but he said Tennessee's coaches have made it clear they like what they have seen from him this season on the offensive line.
"They told me I was very athletic, and they like that they can put me anywhere on the line," Fugar said, adding that the Vols primarily "see me at offensive tackle."
It's just what Fugar's coaches envisioned for the former basketball player earlier this year when they suggested a move to the offensive line.
"When I talked to my football coach at my prep school, he told me I should play O-line, so I started training every day for offensive line and I tried to get better at my technique," he said. "And when I got to prep school, it felt natural. I was playing the game because it was fun, and I knew my hard work was going to pay off."
Fugar is still looking into Tennessee's program and getting to know Graham and Antonutti, but he said the Vols have made a good impression on him so far. Fugar said he's talking with Antonutti and Graham about "once a week."
"I like the coaching staff," Fugar said. "They really want the best for their players, and they make great opportunities for them and they appreciate hard work when it comes to football and education."
While he hasn't been to Tennessee's campus before, he said he "will be having a virtual tour soon" to take a closer look at the Vols' campus and facilities.
With the Early Signing Period for the 2021 class now just two weeks away, Fugar said he has yet to decide whether he will try to sign with a school this month or wait until National Signing Day in February. He said he's "talking with my family" to determine the best course of action.
For now, he's not rushing to a decision. But he said if he ultimately decides to sign during the Early Signing Period, which starts on Dec. 16, he "would be interested" in being an early enrollee at the school of his choice, if he has the option.
"I have to talk to my prep school and see if I can do so," Fugar said.