Vols targets Fant, Gray considering staying together for college

Will La Vergne (Tenn.) High School standouts Princeton Fant and Maleik Gray call the same college home? Here's more on on the mid-state talents.

It doesn’t have the tradition of churning out Power 5 conference talent as some others but La Vergne (Tenn.) High School is home to two of the South’s best football prospects at their respective positions.

Maleik Gray and Princeton Fant have not decided where they will play their college football, but if they have anything to say about it, they’ll do so wearing the same uniform.

“It’s important,” Gray said. “It’s not majorly important, but it’s important. I would like to play with somebody who I played with in high school who’s very talented just like me.”

While Gray has Alabama, Florida State and Tennessee atop his leaderboard, Fant is much more open at this point as he continues to pull in offers after having to sit out his junior season with a torn knee ligament. However, Fant did say on record that Tennessee is one of his favorites.

Butch Jones & Co. could ink not only the Scout four-star safety Gray but also the three-star wide receiver Fant. The brotherhood between the duo may be a bond too strong to break.

“That would be cool,” Fant said. “We’ve got that brotherly relationship kind of like (former LSU wide receivers) Odell Beckham and (Jarvis) Landry. So, it would be pretty good for me and him to go up there and play together like we’re doing now. I’d like that a lot.”

Both the La Vergne High talents have been to Rocky Top more than once this calendar year with Gray first taking unofficial visits on Neyland Stadium gamedays when he was a freshman. Tennessee has a solid chance to host both for Orange Carpet Day events this summer and official visits this fall/winter.

“I think it would be a great (thing playing with Fant in college),” said Gray, who ranks as the state’s No. 1 safety prospect in the 2017 class. “Me and him with me being a key defensive player and him being a key offensive player, that would be great. I think that would be a great combination.”

The duo took their talents to The Opening Columbus to compete against some of the Midwest's best this spring. Gray measured in at 6-feet-2, 186 pounds, recorded a shuttle time of 4.36 seconds and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds.

Fant, who has the look of a budding linebacker, recorded a size of 6-2, 215. He ran a 4.64 with a shuttle of 4.23.

Gray’s performance in Ohio impressed and on Sunday he earned an invite to participate as part of 166 of the nation’s best football talents at The Opening Finals in Beaverton, Oregon, this July.



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