"I am not going to school for football alone," said Fontaine of his commitment to the Bulldogs. "I am going to college for college, too. The education and academics at Georgia really surprised me in a good way."
Fontaine seemed headed to Boston College earlier in the year, but after Georgia and Florida offered in April the SEC powers caught his attention. Georgia's offer caused Fontaine to think about playing in the SEC and what that would mean for his football career. His relationship with tight ends coach John Lilly also made Fontaine's thoughts about Georgia more serious.
"When I went to Georgia I felt comfortable with Coach Lilly," said Fontaine. "He told me that they were only going to go with two tight ends at the most this year."
The other tight end would likely be Plant's (FL) Orson Charles, who seems focused on the Dawgs as well, but the Tampa star has taken trips to other schools of late. He is the high school teammate of Georgia commit Aaron Murray. Fontaine says that he has no problem with Georgia signing two tight ends, and is aware of Charles, but thinks the two are different types of tight ends.
As a junior, Fontaine made 62 tackles, sacked the quarterback three times and forced two fumbles. Several schools discussed the possibility of him playing defense, but he maintains that he would rather play tight end. Fontaine caught ten passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns last season.
"I really liked it a lot," said Fontaine of Georgia. "I really liked the people. Athens was like a city up north – a really small city up north. I think it was the most comfortable place for me. That's what I was trying to figure out during recruiting."
And so he has… and therefore Georgia has yet another commitment for the class of 2009.