Coach's Take: Fontenot is "phenomenal"

Phenomenal is a word George Ranch (Richmond, Texas) High School head coach Ricky Tullos uses a lot to describe Alex Fontenot. Buffs fans surely hope the 2017 three-star running back turns into a phenomenal every-down back for the University of Colorado.

Tullos spoke with BuffStampede.com about Fontenot’s skills, commitment to CU and the rise of the Buffaloes in Texas. All signs point to the 2017 RB having a monster senior campaign.

“One, he’s a tremendous athlete and a phenomenal kid. He’s a football player that possesses a tremendous skill set. He’s fast, he’s very strong, he runs very hard,” Tullos said of the 5-foot-11½, 185-pound Fontenot.

“I really don’t know if he ever goes down on first contact, which is something that’s a special trait about him. He has tremendous balance.”

While accolades will be many on the field for Fontenot, Tullos keyed on the CU commit’s character off the field. High character comes up quite a bit when interviewing coaches of players that have committed to the black and gold.

“On top of that he’s a phenomenal kid. Any time you can put those two together you definitely have a special talent. His hard work and desire, it just makes him a joy to coach. We’re fortunate to have him for another year, he’s going to be a special player,” Tullos continued on Fontenot.

Recent commitments suggest the Buffs are digging their hooves into Texas soil. Tullos has seen the metaphorical “rise” take a physical form in the Lone Star State.

“Colorado has done an excellent job. They’re headed in the right direction, upgraded facilities. It’s really a special place and I know Alex and our whole area down here have taken notice to Colorado football,” Tullos said.

“Coach [Darian] Hagan recruits our school and he’s been down and visited with our offensive coordinator a couple of times. They’ve really been down and about, making a name for themselves in this area.”

All the positive Tullos lists about Fontenot are the same qualities Colorado’s coaches saw in the 2017 prospect. The George Ranch head coach thinks Fontenot can handle 20-plus carries, some day, in the Pac-12.

“[The Buffs] are excited. They see the same thing I see on a daily basis. They wanted to insure the quality of kid he is and that’s next to none. He’s a phenomenal student on and off the field,” Tullos said.

Big stats this fall could draw extra attention to Fontenot – see other offers. Tullos believes the CU commit will stay true to his verbal.

“Oh I’m sure, that’s very standard. Colleges want some of the best players around and there’s no doubt in my mind he’s one of those guys,” Tullos said on other schools coming around.

“I can’t speak for Alex, but what I know of the situation, firm as could be [to CU].”

Tullos said there would be no restrictions on the number of carries and touches Fontenot will see this fall. The George Ranch coaches are working to build a bigger, faster and stronger back to feature when the Longhorns defend their Texas 5A D1 title.

“He’s going to be a player, the sky’s the limit for him. I think he’s going to continue to get better and better,” Tullos said about Fontenot.

“Good hands, does everything we ask him to do in the protection game and blocking. We get him out in routes, he executes. Put the ball in his hands he puts it in the end zone.”


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