Another Four-Star TE Visits UNC

Despite eliminating North Carolina from contention in early May, a change of heart brought Arthur Fontaine to Chapel Hill Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end from Dartmouth (Mass.) South left the campus impressed.

"I just heard academically it was a great school, I heard it had a beautiful campus," Fontaine said.

"I really liked the school. Academically, it was what I was looking for. The coaches were real nice, so were the people."

Fontaine originally narrowed his list of options down to Boston College, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, and Penn State. He went on to verbally commit to BC, only to de-commit less than a month later.

"I still like Boston College, I just felt like I rushed myself a bit [into a verbal commitment]," Fontaine said.

With a restart to his recruitment, Fontaine took a more thorough approach to investigating schools this time around.

"About a couple of weeks ago, me and my mom decided we were going to go down south and visit most of the schools that have offered me down south," Fontaine said.

In addition to UNC, Fontaine also unofficially visited NC State Monday. He plans to drop by Virginia on Tuesday and Maryland on Wednesday before returning home Thursday. He started off his tour with trips to Florida and Georgia.

Originally, Fontaine had planned to visit Clemson and South Carolina, but both schools recently backed off in their recruiting efforts.

While in Chapel Hill Monday, Fontaine toured the campus and spent time with the coaching staff.

"We just watched film with the coaches and they just talked about how they plan on using me if I went there," Fontaine said. "They say I could play [Hybrid back] and [tight end] like a two-in-one, because I can block and be used in the passing game."

Monday's visit has elevated UNC's chances for Fontaine.

"[The visit] definitely had a positive affect on [my favorite schools for UNC]," Fontaine said. "It was a great visit. I learned a lot, but I still have some research to do [on UNC]."

Amid his southern tour, Fontaine has adjusted his favorites list to Boston College, Georgia, Maryland, and UNC. A fifth school could be added by the end of his travels.

"I've never seen UVa and I'll be there [Tuesday], so [my favorites] could change," Fontaine said. "I know what Maryland has to offer, I've been there twice. I'm just going to sit down with the coaches and see how I fit in."

After his southern tour, Fontaine will be finished with unofficial visits. In the coming months, he will continue to keep in contact with his favorite schools, but for the most part he said he will "relax and allow [his recruitment] to figure itself out."

Fontaine aims to make his collegiate decision by the end of August. However, he said he won't rush into a verbal commitment unless he's 100-percent sure.

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