Georgia WR/CB talks Cats

Coaches have long maintained that television exposure is an important element of the recruiting process, even when your team doesn't end up on the good side of the scoreboard. Kentucky's game last weekend against Louisville is a good example.

One of many prospects who tuned into ESPN to see the Wildcats square off with in-state rival Louisville on Sunday was Rashard Fant. Although UK suffered a 32-14 defeat, the Fayetteville, Ga., wide receiver/defensive back said he saw positives in the Cats' performance.

"I watched the whole game," Fant said. "I know they wanted to win, so that was unfortunate, but I really thought the offensive style was exciting. They threw the ball about 50 times. Any receiver has to love that. And the quarterback (Maxwell Smith) looked real good. He did a great job of hitting guys and letting them make plays. I think their style of play would fit me really well."

Fant (5-11, 165) is known as one of the fastest players in the Peach State. He's been timed at under 4.4 in the 40 on many occasions.

"Coach (Pat) Washington is my recruiting coach up there," Fant said of the UK receivers coach. "He tells me they love my ability to make big plays and impact the game with my speed and my brain. They really like my football IQ and the way I take care of business in the classroom.

"They're recruiting me as a receiver, but they also say there's a chance I could play both sides of the ball and the return game. I would love to do both. I know a lot of guys don't do that any more, but I just love being on the field as much as possible having an impact on the game."

Fant made an unofficial visit to Lexington this summer and said he "really enjoyed it. I got to sit down and talk to coach (Joker) Phillips for about an hour and a half, and I really connected with him. I like their coaching staff a lot."

He picked up a new scholarship offer on Wednesday from Indiana. He estimates he has "around 10" offers now, including BCS programs like UK, IU, Florida State, Ole Miss and Utah.

"I expect a couple more to be coming in possibly this week -- Memphis and West Virginia," Fant said.

Asked where the Wildcats fit into the picture, Fant said: "I like them. They're up there. I'm taking my time right now, waiting to see who will offer before I set my visits, but there's a good chance Kentucky will be one of them. Even if it's not an official, I may go back up there for a game because it's only five hours from here. I could get up there pretty easily."

Fant said the key factors in his decision will be "first, academics. Then the community. I want to find a school where, if I wasn't playing football and I was just a regular student, I would still feel comfortable there. After that, it would be my relationship with the coaches and the offensive style -- what kind of impact I could have on the team."

Our Lady of Mercy is 2-0 on the young season, but one of the games was a forfeit. In his only time on the field this season, Fant had 175 all-purpose yards, two touchdowns, four tackles and one pass break-up.


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