Cats sign Canadian defensive end

Raymond Fontaine, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound defensive end, joined the Cats on Saturday...

LEXINGTON, Ky.  --- "Oh Canada" may soon need to be worked into the UK band repotoire.

Kentucky announced a late signing Saturday in Raymond Fontaine of Ottawa, Ontario. He marks the third player in this year's signing class from Canada, joining running back/wide receiver Alexis Bwenge and quarterback Dan Lumley, and the fourth player on the Wildcats' roster from north of the border. Senior outside safety Chris Gayton, a native of Montreal, is the other player.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Fontaine played defensive end, linebacker, defensive back and wide receiver for his club team in Ottawa, the Myers Raiders. That team also produced current New York Giants Jesse Palmer and Pat Woodcock. He also played basketball and ran track at Sir Robert Borden High School.

“Raymond is a player that Coach Nelson (assistant coach Mark Nelson) found through his connections in Canada,” Morriss said.   “He has good size and speed.  The fact that he’s played end, linebacker, defensive back, and wide receiver shows his athletic ability.”

“I heard about Raymond through Coach Dan Murphy, who played for Edmonton (of the Canadian Football League) when I coached there,” Nelson said.  “Coach Murphy told me that Raymond is a great athlete and good football player.  I saw him at a combine in Montreal.  He’s a good-looking player who can run.”


Raymond Fontaine, Defensive End, 6-4, 200, Fr-HS, Ottawa, Ontario (Sir Robert Borden HS):  Good all-around athlete … Played the last eight years for the Myers Raiders club team in Ottawa, the same club team that produced current New York Giants Jesse Palmer and Pat Woodcock … At various times, played defensive back, linebacker, and end on defense and wide receiver on offense … Coached by Dan Murphy … Attended Sir Robert Borden High School in Ottawa, where he played basketball and was a member of the track and field team … Five-year starter in basketball, helping his team advance to the city finals one year … Once played against former Wildcat Jamaal Magloire … Participated in the 200- and 400-meter runs for the track team, advancing to the regional meet … Also was a long jumper who advanced to the provincial finals … Best long jump was seven meters, which is approximately 23 feet … School’s athlete of the year for two years … Is bilingual, speaking English and French.

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