Morristown West (TN) defensive end Brandon “Pee-Wee” Fanney has had a dominating senior campaign. In helping to lead Morristown West to its current 9-3 record and a spot in the third round of the playoffs, he has recorded 91 tackles, 13 sacks, 20 tackles-for-loss, and five fumble recoveries.
The 6-5, 261 pound Fanney has enjoyed a successful senior season.
“The season is going good for me and the team,” said Fanney, who is a finalist for Class 4A Mr. Football award. “My attitude is, that they way I practice is the way I’ll play in the game. So I try to work as hard as I can in practice.”
Morristown defeated Tennessee High 35-0 in the second round of the TSSAA playoffs last weekend. As he has done in the past two years, Fanney played his best football when it counted the most.
“Thinking about it, over the last two years I’ve probably played my best in the playoffs,” said Fanney. “Last week was probably my best game of this season. I had ten tackles, three sacks, and five tackles-for-loss.”
It was Fanney’s performance in the playoffs last season that may have earned him his first scholarship offer. Morristown faced Elizabethton, which featured current UVA freshman linebacker Vince Redd. According to Fanney, the Cavaliers first noticed his abilities in that game.
“Virginia was the first to offer me,” said Fanney. “They saw me in the playoffs last year. We played Elizabethton and they were recruiting a tight end from there (Vince Redd), and they saw me play. I played my best game then. It was a good feeling [to get my first offer].”
Virginia Tech was the second team to offer Brandon, as they noticed him during Morristown’s spring practice session in May of this year. In addition to Virginia and Virginia Tech, Alabama has extended a written scholarship offer.
“Virginia Tech was the second school to offer me,” said Fanney. “Coach Wiles came and saw our spring practices [in May of this year], and he said they were going to offer me then. They didn’t offer right then, but an offer came soon after.”
Currently, Brandon is concentrating only on winning a state championship. Though he has set up three official visits, he plans on focusing on recruiting once his season is over.
“I have Virginia Tech on December 5th and 6th,” said Fanney. “If we make the state championship, then that will be on the 6th, so I’d have to reschedule that one. I have Virginia on December 11th and 12th, and Alabama...
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