With one of Oklahoma State's running back targets in Eno Benjamin making a pledge on Monday to Iowa, I thought it might make some Oklahoma State fans feel better to hit the reaction from the top running back prospect to visit the Cowboys for the Orange-Black Game this past weekend.
Alex Fontenot of Richmond (George Ranch), Texas, was in Stillwater with his dad and his uncle for the festivities on Saturday and the 5-11 1/2, 188-pound running back liked what he saw.
"It went well, was amazing," Fontenot said. "The coaching staff is really amazing and I really liked all the coaches, and the facilities are amazing. I loved everything they showed me."
Fontenot confirmed that he was offered a couple of weeks ago by Oklahoma State and that it is running backs coach Marcus Arroyo who is handling his recruiting. Oklahoma State is in early on Fontenot with the offer as Colorado State and North Texas have offered and Baylor, TCU, Colorado, SMU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech are actively recruiting him.
"I remember growing up as a kid and watching mainly Oklahoma State and Baylor," Fontenot said when asked if he had any favorite college teams growing up. "Oklahoma State and Baylor were the schools. Oklahoma State was the only spring game that I went to because most of the ones that invited me were on the same weekend. I plan on going to some camps this summer. I will go to Baylor and TCU camps."
Fontenot gained attention last season rushing for 1,408 yards and 21 touchdowns on 158 carries. That is nearly nine yards a carry.
You watch Fontenot on tape and you can easily see his speed. He breaks into the clear and very rarely is caught. The more impressive skills to his running is his balance and ability to be light or heavy on his feet depending on the need and the situation. He breaks tackles very effectively and also shows good vision in avoiding pursuit. He is not a big back but has some big back qualities to go with his explosion.
Fontenot definitely implied that Oklahoma State is in thick for his commitment that he said would come before the end of the summer.
"I want to have it (decision) done before my senior season, definitely," he said.
He also said he is looking at either graphic design or computer science for his major in college.
Fontenot is an impressive prospect to speak to over the phone. He is impressive on video. Now, it will be interesting to see if anyone can impress him more than his weekend trip to Oklahoma State.