Terps Have a 'Fontaine' of Interest in Junior

The Maryland football staff made no secrets of its fondness for Dartmouth, Mass., tight end-defensive end Arthur Fontaine, offering the junior standout a scholarship on Sept. 1 – the first day colleges can tender offers to juniors. And as it turns out, the high level interest between the Terps and Fontaine is mutual.

"Maryland was the first to offer, so that kind of sticks out in my mind," said Fontaine, a 6-foot-5, 247-pounder who camped at Maryland last summer and visited again for the Boston College game this fall.

"They played their hearts out in that game, and that showed me a lot in terms of their heart and the coaches and how resilient they are," he said.

Fontaine also holds al offer from Boston College and has interest from UConn, Syracuse, Boise State, Colorado State and Duke, among others. He's been to BC three times and likes the program and the coaches there, but said not to read too much into his repeated trips to Chestnut Hill.

"I like it, but it's pretty much because my sister goes there and it's so close to home," he said. "BC is a great atmosphere but there's something different down at Maryland. Football is more of a lifestyle down there. It was awesome, I liked it a lot."

Fontaine is being recruited by the Terps staff as both a tight end and defensive end. 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. The offensive numbers are a bit misleading, though, because North Dartmout also featured star running back Jordan Todman (UConn), who rushed for more than 2,000 yards.

"We didn't throw the ball a lot this year, but next year we're going to be throwing it more," he said. "I think I could play either position. Most coaches like me as a tight end, but I love defense as well."

Fontaine claims a max bench of 315 pounds, a max squat of 420 pounds and carries a 2.9 core GPA, including some honors and AP courses. He plans to make a decision in August, and it's clear the Terps' coaching staff – he's being recruited by defensive backs coach Kevin Lempa and defensive line coach Dave Sollazzo -- has him thinking quite a bit about choosing Maryland.

"That's what stuck out to me, other than the big stadium and the team house. I just fell in love with the coaches. They're all really good guys. I really like coach Lempa and coach Sollazzo, as well as the recruiting coordinator, Jemal Griffin."

We'll keep you posted…

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