Following a whirlwind week that consisted of official visits to four schools, offensive guard prospect Jake Fieler announced that he will attend the University of Virginia. Fieler, a class of 2013 graduate of Parkersburg South High School (Parkersburg, WV), attended Fork Union Military Academy (VA) this fall for postgraduate work.
“I liked all the schools I visited. But UVa, I loved everything about it. I couldn’t find anything wrong with it,” said Fieler, who took official visits last week to Cincinnati, ODU, Southern Miss and Virginia.
Fieler is the 14th player to commit to Virginia in the class of 2014. He is the third offensive line commit in the class, joining Steven Moss andWill Richardson, and he will join defensive lineman Andrew Brown in enrolling at UVa next month. Fieler has already gained admission and signed the necessary paperwork to enroll in January.
Fieler played offensive tackle at Parkersburg South. Once at Fork Union, the 6’4″, 295-pound prospect moved inside to guard, which is where he will begin his career in the orange and blue.
“He has good feet. He pulls well. He’s very, very physical on the line of scrimmage,” Fork Union postgraduate head coach John Shuman said. “When he got here he got stronger. His body tightened up. He started being a man out there. He had a lot of FCS offers. And then Southern Miss and Appalachian State offered, so we put the word out to our in-state friends that they needed to take a look.”
Mike London and company first contacted Fieler around Thanksgiving. The scholarship offer came after the standout postgrad performed well in the Maple Syrup Cup, an exhibition event that is a showcase for college coaches.
“[The Virginia coaches] talked to me before the Maple Syrup Cup. They said if they liked what they saw they would offer me,” Fieler said. “I did pretty well there.”
Reflecting on the benefits of his time at Fork Union, Fieler said: “Physically, I got a little stronger, but I think the biggest thing was getting the exposure. I spent a lot of time changing my body before I got to Fork Union, to be able to show off what I could do. West Virginia doesn’t get recruited too often, so Fork Union was good to get me in front of big-time coaches.”
Virginia’s education played a role in Fieler’s decision. He hopes to work his way into the McIntire School of Commerce. On the football side, the West Virginia native also is excited about the opportunity to compete for early playing time.
“Since I’m coming in and I’ll be in spring ball, they think I’d have a good chance to compete at guard next year,” said Fieler.
Of playing guard, Fieler said: “I like pulling. I think it fits me well. I have good feet and I can get in space. I like it.”
Checking In On Corwin Cutler
Coach Shuman updated the latest on Virginia quarterback recruit Corwin Cutler, who is halfway through a postgraduate year at Fork Union.
“Corwin is right here, grinding it out. We’re starting our third term. He’ll grind tomorrow and Friday and then he’ll go back home for Christmas, come back, and keep grinding. He has some more catching up to do on the SAT. Once we squeeze some more points out on the SAT, he’ll graduate here in May and get there in June or July,” Shuman said.