'09 Premier Prospect: TE Arthur Fontaine

Pack Pride takes an in-depth look at one of NC State's top prospects for the class of 2009.

TE Arthur Fontaine

6-5, 250 pounds, 4.8-seconds in the 40-yard dash

Dartmouth High School, North Dartmouth, Ma

Junior Stats: As a junior, Fontaine was used primarily as a blocker on offense but did catch 10 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns on offense. On defense he had 62 tackles, three sacks and two forced fumbles.

Potential Ranking: Fontaine will likely be established as a three-star prospect on Scout.com

The early word: With a solid combination of size and speed, Fontaine is a player that has impressed with his physical style. Most recruiting analysts project him at tight end although he didn’t put up huge numbers at that position as a junior. However, because of his natural ability, most feel he has quite a bit of upside for down the road.

Scholarship offers: NC State, Boston College, Maryland, Connecticut

Top Schools: Doesn’t publically claim any favorites at the current time

Timeline for a decision: It appears unlikely that Fontaine will drag his recruiting out so a decision before next season is a strong possibility.

Interesting side-note: Fontaine has a sister living in Charlotte.

NC State recruiting coach: Special team’s coordinator Jerry Petercuskie

NC State connections: The NC State connection here actually began when Tom O’Brien was coach at Boston College. Fontaine became a fan of BC while O’Brien was the coach. Now that O’Brien is at NC State, that should be enough to get them serious consideration.

Behind the scenes: Living with just his mom, there’s little doubt that Boston College is the odds-on favorite to land Fontaine because of closeness to home, familiarity and the fact that he grew up a fan of BC. However, NC State could be a sleeper. The key will be to get him on campus and sell the academics. The staff will obviously have to establish a relationship that can overcome some of the built-in advantages that Boston College enjoys.

Wolfpack Visits: Although nothing is currently scheduled, Fontaine could visit State during spring practice. He has said that he will visit State before the summer is over. That visit will likely determine whether State will have a realistic shot.

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