When the recruiting process started for Valley Center sprinter Joe Fisher last summer, it was frenetic.
"I didn't know exactly what to expect," he said. "I had never experienced it before and no one in my family had. It was trial by error, and it can be stressful. Especially during the summer, when everyone is contacting you and trying to get you to come to their school."
Fisher, who made officials visits to Oklahoma, TCU and Auburn, will sign on Friday with Auburn.
"You look at TCU, they've got a really good sprint program, just like Auburn does," Fisher said. "The ultimate factor that finalized my decision — they showed a lot of similarities — was the geographical location. I didn't choose TCU because I'm not a city person. Auburn, you're in the middle of nowhere. It's the country."
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Fisher, who won the Class 4A 100 meters last May in 10.67 seconds, has one of the nation's top indoor times in the 60 meters with a 6.90. At the Great Southwest Classic, he ran a 10.44 in the 100 and a wind-aided 21.17 in the 200.
He stepped up his offseason workouts and quit playing basketball so he could run indoor track. His goal for the upcoming high school season is simple. And for him, realistic.
"I want to be the fastest man in the country," he said.