Since Jim Leavitt left for Eugene and Matt Rhule began his tenure at Baylor, the Buffaloes' commitment list has been under siege. One of the prospects both programs reached out to was Colorado running back pledge Alex Fontenot.
His father Albert Fontenot starred as a defensive lineman at Baylor in the early 1990s before being drafted by the Chicago Bears.
“During the season I didn't hear from other colleges because of my commitment to Colorado but I definitely started hearing from some schools these past few weeks,” said the younger Fontenot, who verbally committed to Colorado in mid-June.
“But I have shut everything down,” he added. “I am not going to visit anywhere else. I am solid with Colorado because of the relationship I have with all the coaches and how I know I am going to fit in well in their system.”
Fontenot has hosted two in-home visits with Buffaloes running backs coach Darian Hagan and he hosted his in-home visit with head coach Mike MacIntyre the first day of the current contact period.
“Coach Hagan is coming again this week to see me,” Fontenot said. “I can talk to Coach Hagan about anything. I can just be myself around him. He is like the coolest coach I have ever talked to. … It has been a weight lifted off my shoulders. I can't wait to sign with Colorado.”
Currently 6-foot-0, 190-pounds, Fontenot said the Buffaloes' coaches believe he can gain 10 more pounds before enrolling at Colorado without it compromising his speed.
“They talk about my frame and how I can put on more weight and they also like my vision and how shifty I am,” he said. “I feel like I improved with my explosiveness and my top end speed during my senior season because that is what I worked on during the whole off-season.”
After helping George Ranch to a 6A state title in 2015, the Longhorns finished 6-5 this past season. Fontenot had a solid season, earning him first-team all-district honors.
“We returned some players [from the championship team] but we were a pretty young team,” Fontenot explained. “We had injuries on both sides of the ball so we had to deal with that. We did the best with what we had.”
Throughout his high school career, Fontenot prided himself on his ability to make defenders miss.
“If you watch my film, you are not going to see anyone get a clean shot on me,” he said. “It is either a missed tackle or a glancing blow.”
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