22 in 22: Chris Fonti

Wayne (N.J.) Hills High's Chris Fonti was Scout.com's top-rated tackle in New Jersey's 2010 class, and later this month he will begin his career at Rutgers. Fonti is the 11th subject of ScarletReport.com's "22 in 22" series, which profiles the incoming freshmen. Fonti altered his workout program and is close to his target weight, and he talks about what took place to allow that to happen.

Most recruits visit a college practice for the first time and are taken aback by the intensity, the speed and the size of the players.

Incoming Rutgers freshman Chris Fonti, an offensive tackle from Wayne (N.J.) Hills High, had a different take. A much different take.

"I like how they're only doing offense or defense,'' Fonti said. "In high school, you get offense and defense in one practice, so it makes the practice four hours long and it really doesn't need to be for someone like me since I'm only playing offense.''

While many of his Wayne Hills teammates played offense and defense, thus needing the practice both sides of the ball, Fonti said he spent the defensive portion of practices working on technique.

How quickly it translates into playing time could depend how quickly the 6-foot-7, 310-pound Fonti adjusts to the other aspects of the college game.

He got a taste of it during a few trips to campus to watch spring practice.

"I get to learn the plays, get to learn how they do everything'' he said. " I get to watch practice and see how everything is done, so that should help.''

A two-year starter at Wayne Hills and Scout.com's top-rated offensive tackle from New Jersey in the 2010 class, Fonti has a target goal of losing five more pounds before he enrolls June 28 for Rutgers' second summer session.

At the urging of the Rutgers staff, Fonti already dropped 15 pounds since signing day. He also tailored his conditioning workout after speaking with Scarlet Knights offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

"I talked to coach Flood, and he was telling me that distance running wasn't what they really do,'' Fonti said. "They do more 40s and 100s. I was running miles, but now I'm doing 40s and 100s, and stuff like that.''

Fonti averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds a game playing basketball as a senior, but he opted not to participate in track and field so he could get ready for Rutgers.

"I thought it would be better if I focused on the lifting and running and things like that,'' Fonti said. "I've doing 40s and 100s at my track at school, and I went to down to Rutgers a few times to lift.''

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