“My athletic director told me to call coach (Terry) Joseph and when I gave him a call he was real enthusiastic and said they wanted to offer me a scholarship,” Fontana said. “He said to call back the next morning and the head coach would do the official offer so when I called back coach (Derek) Dooley went ahead and made the official offer.”
What did the 6-3, 290-pound guard think of the offer from the Bulldogs?
“I was real excited because I had been getting a lot of stuff from the two out-of-state schools (Arkansas and Kentucky) so it was nice to get something closer to home,” Fontana said. “It seems like they have an up and coming program and they have always done well in their conference. I think they are definitely on the rise for a smaller D-I program and it will definitely progress in the next few years.”
There were some reports out there that Ole Miss offered a scholarship not too long ago but Fontana cleared that up.
“I spoke to a writer and he said he thought I had told him I had an offer from Ole Miss but I haven’t gotten one yet,” he said.
While the Rebels haven’t offered yet it doesn’t mean they aren’t interested.
“I went to junior day a couple of weeks ago when they only invited like 25 guys and I met with coach (Houston) Nutt, coach (Mike) Markuson, and coach (Kim) Dameron,” he said. “They were real excited about me but they said they needed more time to evaluate me and they wanted me to try to come up for camp.”
Over the next few weeks, Fontana is going to make his rounds to visit several schools showing interest and it all starts this weekend with a short drive up Interstate-10 followed by some out-if-state excursions.
“Saturday, I’m going to LSU for their spring game and then on Monday I’m going to go to Alabama for one of their practices and get a tour of everything,” he said. “The Monday after that I’m going to Kentucky for a visit so I can get a feel for their campus and then on the 19th (April) I’m going to try and go to Louisiana Tech. Then the following Saturday I’m going to Arkansas for their spring game.”
The month of May should be just as exciting as his upcoming road trip as college coaches make a stop by the Brother Martin campus to evaluate him in person.
Does Fontana have a feel for which schools could be close to offering in the near future?
“I really couldn’t tell you because I’ve spoke to coaches from Auburn, Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss, and I’ve heard a lot of the same things,” he said. “They say they want to see me during the spring and they want me to try and come to camp but at this point I think they are still in the evaluation process and I couldn’t give you a timeline on when or if I think they are going to offer.”