Spartans Capture Fontaine's Interest

Versatile east coast TE/DE/OLB prospect has five scholarship offers and plenty of ambition. He's in Pittsburgh this weekend, sizing up the competition for scholarships, and hopes to keep the offers rolling in. Click through to find out more about his take on MSU and where he sees himself playing on the gridiron at the next level . . .

Arthur Fontaine is a wanted commodity. The 6-foot-5, 248-pound tight end for Dartmouth High School in North Dartmouth, Mass., is drawing interest from many schools for his offensive skills as well as his potential as a defensive end or outside linebacker.

In the mold of Tyler Hoover, who is practicing with the Spartans as an early enrollee after signing a LOI back in February, Fontaine says Michigan State is one of many schools courting his versatile abilities.

"Mostly it's been Clemson, Rutgers, Stanford, Illinois, Duke, and my five offers — Virginia, Boston College, Maryland, Connecticut, and North Carolina State," he says, adding that Michigan State is still in contact, too. The Virginia offer is verbal, but Fontaine says coaches told him an official letter would arrive soon.

He says Maryland has talked to him about playing OLB, but most see his value catching and blocking, "more or less as a tight end."

"I wouldn't mind playing linebacker … like Mike Vrabel for the Patriots," he says. "But I think, more naturally, I'm a tight end. But I don't have a problem playing either position."

As for the Green and White, Fontaine says if they make a stronger push in the future, he'll be all ears. "I've always had a weird interest in Michigan State, ever since my sister Ellie was thinking about going there," he says. "I've always watched them on TV, I watched them against BC in the bowl game and I just kind of like the Big Ten as a conference. I'm just very drawn to it."

Because of basketball season, Fontaine says he has not maxed out benching or squatting recently, but reports 320-pounds and the high-400s for each, respectively. As for his 40 time, he reports a 4.7 to 4.8, but that could change soon.

Fontaine will be at the Armour combine in Pittsburgh this weekend, where, among other things, he'll record a new 40 time. He also plans to attend to various camps throughout the summer with an eye on improving his stock.

"I want to just compare myself to the other competition," he says. "Just to see where I stand. … It's a personal thing."

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