Fantroy 'The Man' for Ballou HS

For Washington (D.C.) Ballou High School's football team, one name dominated the game stories every Saturday morning – LeCount Fantroy. The reasoning, according to Ballou head coach Noel Cyrus: "Because that's the man."

Ballou ended its 2005 campaign with a 4-7 record, but came within a couple of downs of earning a bid to the title game. Much – if not all – of Ballou's success was attributed to Fantroy's play and versatility.

"His senior season went fairly well," said Cyrus. "He was an all-around player for us – whatever we needed done, he did it."

Fantroy, a 5-foot-11 175-pound athlete, ended the season with five interceptions and ten total touchdowns. On defense he starred at both cornerback and free safety, while being an all-purpose weapon on offense.

"He played everywhere," said Cyrus. "He's a cornerback, but we figured he's been playing that for three years so that comes natural to him. Towards the end of the season, we moved him to free safety, because we needed his speed to cover everybody. He's a good tackler.

"On offense he played a little bit of everything. He played wide receiver – he was our leading receiver, and he also played some running back."

Fantroy is also a star on the track team, where he figures to challenge for national recognition in both the 55-meter and 100-meter dash.

North Carolina, the school he verbally committed to in mid-June, plans to keep Fantroy at his more natural position of cornerback. At corner, Fantroy figures to highlight his speed, but also showcase a nasty side those outside of his opponents aren't aware of.

"He's hardnosed – he doesn't back down," said Cyrus. "He works very hard. When he got here he was slower than Heinz Ketchup, but now he's one of the fastest guys in the city and we have some burners in our conference."

Since the end of his senior season, Fantroy has been working even harder in the weight room with the intent of playing next fall.

"LeCount wants to play right away," said Cyrus. "If a kid can come in and play right away, then they're going to play him. I told him ‘Man, we are going to work on getting you stronger.'"

Not only is Fantroy set on playing right away, he also is set on playing right away wearing Carolina Blue, despite his coach's wishes to pursue all options.

"I tried to encourage him earlier to keep his options open so he can take his visits and he'll know that's what he wants, but he wants to come there," said Cyrus. "Before the year started we were talking and he said he wants to be a Tar Heel and he hasn't changed his mind."

If nothing changes, Fantroy will only officially visit Chapel Hill. He has already attended camps at North Carolina and also has been among the mob of commits that can be found at each UNC home game.

Although a candidate for December graduation, as of right now Fantroy, who figures to qualify, plans to graduate with his classmates in June.

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