WVU Signee Roundup: Nicktroy Fortune
Nicktroy Fortune CB 6-0 175 Central Gwinnett County HS Lawrenceville, GA
While West Virginia returns all of its experienced cornerbacks from 2018, the position needs bolstering. The belief is that despite his freshman status, Fortune could be in the mix to earn playing time in 2019.
A Georgia all-regional honoree in 2018, Fortune had 50 tackles, five pass breakups and four interceptions as a senior. He compiled those numbers after moving in from his natural position at cornerback to more of a rover spot to help him get more involved in the defense. That worked out well for Central Gwinnett County, but it also could help Fortune at WVU, as it exposed him to the run game a bit more. That could benefit if he is tasked to be a force corner against running plays in certain situations at West Virginia.
— Nicktroy Fortune 🎱 (@nicktroy8) January 15, 2019
In pass coverage, Fortune excels at diagnosing routes. He makes switches and coverage handoffs seamlessly, and tracks the ball well early in flight. His break on the ball is good, but it is his positioning, fueled by read and react skills, that puts him in position to gather interceptions and break up passes. Often matched up against slot receivers, he jumped routes and made plays on throws in nearby passing lanes.
As a junior, playing more exclusively at cornerback, he had 34 tackles while breaking up 12 passes and picking off two others. He also displayed solid tackling abilities during his career at Central Gwinnett County. He breaks down well in the open field and fires out to make stops, rather than resorting to attempts to grab and wrestle opponents down up high. He forced three fumbles as a junior, and showed very good form on tackles against runners from his inside defensive back position this year.
Fortune’s experience in playing different positions in the secondary could also help him make an early push at WVU. He could be an extra defensive back in pass defense packages, and depending on new defensive coordinator Vic Koenning’s scheme, could have multiple avenues to pursue in avoiding a redshirt.
Ryan Dorchester’s Take: “Nicktroy is a football player in every sense of the word. He had previously played corner, but this year they moved him basically to a spur to try to get him more involved because opposing offenses just were avoiding him at corner and weren’t throwing it his way. He’s a really mature guy and a really good all-around football player. It’s going to be hard for anyone new to crack our lineup at corner next year, because our top three are all back and we think they’ve really improved, but it wouldn’t shock me to see Nicktroy challenge for playing time there. I think he can be that good.”
Fortune’s Other Offers: Cincinnati, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, Western Kentucky, Wisconsin
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