Catching Up with Fonti

You'll have to excuse Rutgers commit Chris Fonti if his focus isn't entirely on suiting up for the Scarlet Knights next season. It's not that the offensive lineman isn't excited about taking the field at the newly expanded Rutgers Stadium in the fall of 2010, he's just more concerned with helping to power Wayne Hills High School to another stellar season for the time being.

"I just want to make sure that we finish up the season 12-0," Chris Fonti says. "Once it's over I'll be in full Rutgers mode."

So far so good, as with Fonti helping to open up holes on the line for tailback Brian Dowling, the Patriots steamrolled their way to a 42-7 season opening win over West Essex. The two-star recruit says the offensive line couldn't be stopped once it got on a role after the first drive and that for his part, Fonti was able to pancake several defenders. The dominance of the front line allowed Dowling to rack up 124 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

Certainly the success of the run game follows suit with Fonti's strength as a lineman, showing a strong ability to get to the second level and block down field. As the season progresses, the 6-7 310-pound senior hopes that he can improve his quickness off the ball and his consistency as a pass blocker.

Even with all of the pressures of anchoring the line on one of the top teams in the Garden State, Fonti did find time to make it to Piscataway for the Scarlet Knight's season opener against Cincinnati. Even with the disappointment of seeing the Bearcats role to a win over his future team, the top-100 lineman said he had a great experience at the game – specifically referencing the massive crowd that was on hand.

"It was crazy," he says. "I saw all the fans, the stadium was packed and it was great. Obviously it's too bad they lost, but aside from that, it was a great environment. I was really excited about it."

Fonti's interaction with the coaching staff was limited on game day, amounting to just a brief conversation with offensive line coach Kyle Flood, but he did enjoy a little time with some of his future teammates while at the game. The Wayne Hills star says he has had upwards of half a dozen opportunities to get to know some of the current Rutgers players and has had nothing but positive things to say about the individuals he will line up next to in the future.

"I like them, I've met the guys five or six times and I think we get along really well."

The senior and his high school teammates will have more than enough to keep themselves occupied until it is time for Fonti to start thinking about his college career. Wayne Hills is looking to make history this year – currently in the midst of a 53-game winning streak; the Patriots can eclipse the second longest streak in New Jersey high school football history with wins in their next two games. A 12-0 season would break the all-time record of 63 straight victories established by Paulsboro back in the 1990's. A fifth straight unbeaten season would also put Wayne Hills in good shape to take home its sixth straight North 1, Group 3 title – making it the first public school in North Jersey to win sixth consecutive sectional titles.

So is it understandable with his team knocking on the door of history that Fonti might not be thinking ahead to next year? Of course, but that isn't going to stop him from keeping one eye on the happenings in Piscataway this season.

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