“I was hoping they were going to do well this year but I didn't think they'd be on this level right now,” said Fontenot, who was in Boulder on an official visit to watch Colorado improve to 5-2 with a 40-16 win over Arizona State on Saturday night.
“Just the energy they have as a program right now is pretty incredible,” he added. “It was my third trip out to Colorado but just being able to watch the football team and actually getting that experience was great.”
The playmaker from Richmond (Texas) George Ranch, ranked among the top 10 running back prospects from the Lone Star State this cycle, took his most recent trip to Boulder with his mother and step father. Fontenot pointed out the Italian and BBQ food he ate on his visit as highlights. Junior wide receiver Juwann Winfree, who is rehabbing a torn ACL, served as his player host for the weekend.
“Juwann talked about the coaching staff and how much they enjoy the players and how much they just want to win,” Fontenot said. “I got to hang out with all the other people on their official [visit] so that was fun. … There are a couple of them that are thinking about committing to Colorado really hard.”
Buffs running backs coach Darian Hagan, the assistant Fontenot hears from the most, complimented him on his vision as a running back. Fontenot feels his versatility is one of his strengths, and Scout recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks agrees.
“Fontenot is a well-rounded running back prospect who's posted good numbers in one of Texas' largest classifications for a state championship team,” Brooks wrote. “Fontenot possesses adequate size and impressive testing numbers. That gives Fontenot very good burst as a hole-puncher and the top-end speed to outrun defensive backs at the second level. He shows good balance and can gain dirty yardage.”
While watching the Buffaloes rack up 315 rushing yards against Arizona State, Fontenot tried to envision himself being in Phillip Lindsay's shoes.
“I liked seeing what he did in their scheme. It is perfect for me,” he said. “What they run offensively is very similar to what we do at my high school.”
After winning a state championship in 2015, George Ranch is 4-3 this fall. The Longhorns have a challenging match-up against Pearland this coming weekend.
“The season has been going pretty well. It could be going better compared to last [year] but we're doing decent,” said Fontenot, who believes he has shown improved speed and power during his senior campaign.
And as a conclusion, going back to recruiting, Fontenot does not have any other official visits lined up.
“I am just with Colorado,” he said.