Fountain Shows He Belongs

With a lot of BCS schools monitoring his senior season, Madison Memorial wide receiver Daurice Fountain is putting up some big numbers, showing schools that he can be an impact player at the next level.

MADISON - If anybody questioned whether Daurice Fountain could be a big-play threat, the Madison Memorial senior wide receiver isn't wasting any time proving doubters wrong during the first half of the high school football season.

In the Spartans' 52-42 loss against No.4 Sun Prairie, Fountain finished with 10 catches for 172 yards and touchdown receptions of 30, 30, 8 and 21. He also returned a kickoff 99 yards before halftime for a score and eclipsed 350 all-purpose yards.

"I definitely have a lot of confidence," said Fountain, who has 29 catches for 516 yards and six scores for the Spartans, all of which lead his team. "I believe I can go to the next level and be an impact player. I just have to work hard and stay dedicated.

"I am just disappointed because we had a lot of mental mistakes and left a lot of points on the board. It was just a great game."

The 6-3, 185-pound Fountain is used to be underrated, especially considering he played second fiddle behind Jester Weah last season; Memorial's all-conference receiver who verbal committed to Pittsburgh last January.

With Weah off to college, dedication became Fountain's focus throughout the summer. After winning the state individual title in the 110 meter hurdles and the long jump, Fountain workout throughout the summer and fall camp on being a better route runner, pass catcher and mastering techniques.

"Last year I was sloppy on the technique," said Fountain. "I trained a lot over the summer just working on my technique. I am just sticking to the fundamentals of the position and do my best out there."

Fountain hopes that focus on his game will push him over the edge with a number of division 1 schools. He said he's been hearing the most from Illinois State, Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Pittsburgh and Wisconsin. His only offer thus far was from South Dakota State.

"It was a lot of pressure off getting the first offer," said Fountain. "It was disappointing that I didn't get an offer earlier, but it was a lot of pressure off my shoulder."

Now Fountain has his eyes focused on the BCS schools. He took an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh for the season opener, complimenting the coaching staff and the atmosphere, and visited Wisconsin for the Tennessee Tech game.

"It was great," Fountain said of the Wisconsin visit. "Every time I go to Wisconsin they show me a lot of love. It's home. It was just a great feeling out there."

With Wisconsin still in the running for marquee wide receivers, the Badgers are still waiting before taking the next step with Fountain. Assistant coach Ben Strickland continues to monitor Fountain's progress.

"He messages me on Facebook and ask me how I am playing," said Fountain. "Our relationship is very close."

Fountain plans to wait until after his senior season to allow more schools to watch him compete.

"I am happy with my game, but there is still room for improvement," said Fountain. "I just have to keep working and hopefully accomplish my team of making it to a division 1 college and the NFL, if possible."

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