Fontenot to make decision Sunday

Out of high school Jamal Fontenot had dreams of playing Division I football.


With solid academics, he accepted an offer to Kilgore (Texas) Junior College and turned down an offer from hometown Lamar University to chase that goal.

A year later he is about to get his opportunity.

“I never saw it happening like this, this fast,’’ said Fontenot, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle.

After his visit to UL-Monroe this week, the big lineman said he will make a decision on Sunday about this future. He will choose from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech and ULM.

Fontenot said he was set to start at tackle, the position A-State has told him he would play, at Kilgore but an older transfer earned more playing time.

“I did not get to play as much as I had hoped,’’ he said. “But I had a really good spring and that is where things turned around for me.”

He was still receiving FCS offers until Arkansas State came into the picture.

“I was talking with the Arkansas State coach (Glen Elarbee) on Twitter and when I sent him film from the spring if when I got an offer,’’ he said. “They told me they would like for me to come in and redshirt and then have a chance to start for three years.

“He said they wanted me to play left tackle and that is what I love. That is where I want to play.”

He visited last weekend and struck up a friendship with A-State commit Jacob Atnip of Sheridan.

“Yeah he’s a cool guy,’’ he said. “I really enjoyed my visit to Arkansas State. The players and the coaches and the people I met are all great. It is a little farther than I thought but I really liked it up there.”

If he opts for Arkansas State, Fontenot would enroll in August.

He was an academic qualifier out of high school so he would be eligible to transfer and play immediately. He would have four years to play three.