A high pre-season ranking can be nice.
Joey Fontana is ranked the No. 2 center prospect in the country, while that ranking won't get him a scholarship, it will open a few college coaches eyes.
Fontana recently took a trip last month to six college campuses last month to help him make a decision before his fall season begins. While the trip was very informative, it doesn't seem that the talented lineman is any closer to pulling the trigger.
"Everything is pretty much the same as it was when I finished all my trips," Fontana told PonyStampede.com Wednesday afternoon. "I'm talking to a lot of the coaches from the schools that have offered me; I actually just got off the phone with Coach (Jeff) Reinebold and Coach (Dennis) McKnight a few minutes ago."
According to Fontana, that conversation with the two Mustang coaches may lead him to another visit to the Hilltop before he makes a final decision.
"I didn't get a chance to meet Coach McKnight the first time I visited," Fontana said. "He is the coach I will be playing for if I choose SMU, so it will be a factor in my decision process."
Fontana is currently holding offers from SMU, Kentucky, Arkansas, Nebraska, Tulane and Louisiana Tech. He also still has interest in Oklahoma, Ole Miss, LSU, Auburn and Kansas State, five schools that haven't offered.
"Ole Miss is recruiting me harder than they were at first, I have kept in touch with all five of those schools that I have interest in but don't have offers at yet," Fontana said. "I'm still doing some research and waiting to see what might happen before the summer is over."
Fontana is hoping to make a decision before fall camp so he can put the distraction of recruiting behind him.
"When football starts that's all I want to be thinking about," Fontana said. "I think everything will clear up in the near future."
If Fontana has an early favorite, the talented lineman is keeping it close to the vest.
"I like all the schools that have offered me," Fontana said. "It will be hard to turn any of those coaches down."