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The younger brother of 2014 4th-round NFL Draft pick Khari Fortt, Omar was a relative unknown in Connecticut at the time he registered to compete on the 2016 GAIN Sports Bus Tour and with #TEAMGAIN at the NFA 7v7 National Championships at IMG Academy. Thought to be a safety entering the tour and through the completion of the tour, Omar showcased his versatility at the National Championships lining up at CB, “Mike” backer, Nickel, etc. Omar’s talents and physicality were on full display when given the opportunity to line up on or near the line of scrimmage which included a 2-INT performance against Alabama QB and fellow Gain Sports alum Mac Jones. Following the release of his film from the national championships, it was not much longer before his home state UCONN Huskies elected to extend Omar a scholarship offer and with no surprise, Omar earned a spot on the depth chart and is playing significant minutes as a true freshman.
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— Randy Edsall (@RandyEdsall) July 20, 2018
Securely at safety
Despite being a bit lost at first, Fortt still contributed to the Huskies as a freshman in 2017. He played in 11 games, making 40 tackles and showed flashes that he could be a major factor for the Huskies in the future.
And perhaps that future is now.
Fortt, whose brother Khairi is a free-agent NFL linebacker who played with the Washington Redskins last season, began the spring in a new position. He was the “Husky” linebacker in UConn’s revised defensive scheme. But after a few practices, the coaches moved him back to his more natural safety position.
“We moved him to the Husky position and then as we evaluated things between him and Ian (Swenson), we thought it might be better if we put him back at safety,” Edsall said. “And the first day we put him back there, I went to the coaches and said that was the right move.”