Fontaine Will Head South

Arthur Fontaine had committed to Boston College early in the recruiting process, but then decided to re-open his recruiting and take a look around at other options. Eagle's fans had hoped he would eventually return home to Chestnut Hill, however this weekend the four-star tight end gave his verbal commitment to Georgia on an unofficial visit to Athens.

Dartmouth High School tight end Arthur Fontaine narrowed his list of schools down to Georgia, Boston College, Maryland and Virginia recently and decided this weekend to end his recruitment, giving a verbal commitment to the Bulldog coaching staff. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder was a hot topic on message boards all week with all kinds of speculation surrounding him, but ends that talk on Tuesday by making his intentions public.

"I committed to Georgia when I was down there last weekend," Fontaine said. "I just really like the school a lot and get along great with both the players and the coaching staff. When I was hanging out with the players they treated me like one of their own and I really felt a bond with them quickly. Everyone was just very sincere and I didn't feel like "that guy from up North" while I was with them."

The Bulldog coaching staff played an intricate part in Fontaine's decision.

"I met with Head Coach Mark Richt a few times and he's a great guy," Fontaine stated. "I found him to be sincere and my mother and grandfather liked him a lot too which was important. I think the coach that made the biggest impact on my decision was my position coach John Lilly. I think I am a pretty good judge of character for a young person and Coach Lilly wasn't just putting on an act like some coaches do. He was very sincere and honest with us from the start. I remember when I started talking to him and my mother had asked him a question about Georgia that he didn't know the answer to because he was brand new on the staff. Instead of making up an answer, he simply said he didn't know, but would find out. That meant a lot. I just feel like he's the type of person that I could call 15 years from now for a favor and still have a great relationship with."

"Another part of my decision was academics and while I have heard people knock the SEC in general, I was impressed with what I had to hear down there. I think an education is what you make of it and I plan on going down there and working hard for my future."

We asked Fontaine if this was the final stop in his recruiting.

"It would be pretty ridiculous if it wasn't at this point," Fontaine laughed. "I am absolutely done with recruiting now. It was funny, I always wanted a Penn State offer and the day I came home from Georgia my coach told me they were going to offer me. I just told him that I wasn't interested in any other schools and knew where I wanted to be for the next four years. I'm done now. I'm a Bulldog."

As a junior, Fontaine made 62 tackles, sacked the quarterback three times and forced two fumbles. He caught 10 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns from his tight end position.

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