Fountain of Potential

A rising prospect on the football field and a talented track athlete, Madison Memorial junior athlete Daurice Fountain is slowing starting to raise his recruiting stock heading into summer.

MADISON – With flowing dreadlocks and a young confidence about him, Madison Memorial junior athlete Daurice Fountain made sure his athleticism and versatility was on full display in front of his competitors.

At last week's Big Eight conference track meet, Fountain won the 110 meter hurdles (14.96), the 300 hurdles (40.49) and the long jump (21-3), not to mention being the leadoff man in the Spartans' win in the 1,600 meter relay.

"The team really pushed me, really encouraged me to keep going strong," Fountain told Badger Nation after the win in the 1,600. "It was really hard because the meet was postponed. Thank God that I won my events."

Although he has put a lot of focus into his football career for Madison Memorial, Fountain has made it a priority to improve on his track skills. Getting a trainer with a background in track knowledge, Fountain has been learning the basic fundamentals and technique of how to run faster and be more successful.

Not only does Fountain believe what he has learned in the spring will carry over on to the football field, but competing every day has kept him sharp.

"Just the competitiveness and edge needed in track keeps me going," said Fountain. "When you take that turn toward the home stretch in the 400 meter or you are trying to edge somebody in the 100 meter hurdles, it feels that competitive edge."

Just like on the football field, Fountain has been getting pushed by and relying on the experience of Jester Weah. A wide receiver who will play at Pittsburgh next season, Weah won the 100 meter dash with a time of 10.81 and the 200 meter dash in 21.99.

"I work out with Jester all the time and we always go at it in track practice," said Fountain. "Whether it's block starts or running down the track and back, he's been really encouraging. He's pushed me to go harder."

Not only has Fountain been busy on the track, he's been busy hearing from coaches during the spring evaluation period. Still looking for his first scholarship offer, Fountain feels he is close with the amount of interest he has been receiving.

"It's gone pretty well," said Fountain. "A lot of coaches have come by the school or come to my track meets. South Dakota State, North Dakota State, Northern Illinois, Illinois State and Pittsburgh have come by the school recently."

Of the schools that have come in, Fountain believes he is closest to offers from North Dakota State, Wisconsin and Wyoming, saying those are the schools that have been pushing the hardest.

"I met the Wisconsin staff two weeks ago and they were a great staff," said Fountain. "They told me their plan for this year. Wisconsin basically runs the ball a lot and I am a wide receiver, but they told me they were going to balance it out. Coach Strickland messaged me the other day, said he had been tracking my time for track and he's been very impressed.

"He told me to keep working hard and hopefully I'll do at the camp down there this summer. I know if I work hard and put my mind towards (a Wisconsin scholarship), I am going to get it."

Fountain said he plans to camp or visit California Iowa State, North Dakota State and Pittsburgh in addition to Wisconsin this summer.

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