May 6, 2008

Fontaine is commitment No. 2

Arthur Fontaine considered all his options and there were many schools that wanted to land the Dartmouth, Mass. tight end. The 6-foot-5, 240-pound prospect knew he favored Boston College but he wanted to wait it out, look at all of his opportunities and then make a decision. He realized waiting was unnecessary.

Fontaine, a four-star prospect, found everything he wanted with the Eagles and verbally committed on Tuesday. He joins four-star defensive end Dillon Quinn, from Pawling (N.Y.) Trinity Pawling, so far in Boston College's class.

"I wanted to make a decision before the summer and it really came down to Maryland, Georgia and Boston College," Fontaine said. "I was set to make a decision on Friday and we were going to keep it low key and then do a (press) conference. But that didn't work so but it's all good.

"Since the day (Boston College) offered me I knew it was the school for me and I wanted to make sure and wanted to be positive. I didn't want to make any mistakes. It's close to home. I live with my mother and she's the most important person in my life. It's a great football program and the academics are great. There were no negatives that I saw. It was the best fit for me."

In his deliberations, Fontaine said he tried to find negative aspects about going to Boston College but could not find any at all. The location is ideal. Family will be able to see him play. He's familiar with the college because his sister went there. He knows the coaching staff well. There's an opportunity for him to play early. All of those variables played into his decision and Fontaine said he realized Boston College was the right place.

The Eagles are getting a big-time prospect. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 175 prospect in the top 250 of 2008. Many top-level schools were starting to pursue him. Maryland made a strong push and Fontaine said as of a few weeks ago he thought the Terrapins might have been the team for him.

Florida was getting involved and getting ready to offer this week as was Penn State. Georgia, UConn, Clemson, North Carolina, NC State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Virginia and others had offered but the Eagles won out in the end. Last season, Fontaine finished with 10 receptions for 160 yards and two touchdowns. On defense, he had 63 tackles and four sacks.

Dartmouth fell just shy of winning the state championship a season ago. Fontaine has said it is a goal of his to win it as a senior. He wanted his college decision out of the way and now that it is, he can focus solely on his high school team. Boston College is right down the road and that's where he plans to play after one more year at Dartmouth.

"If this was hanging over my head, it would have been a distraction and I didn't want that," Fontaine said. "This is the right decision for me and it's especially the right decision for my family."

Fontaine will now work on a couple of other Massachusetts players he's become tight with.

"Jim Noel and Brennan Williams are getting calls from me," he said. "We've become pretty good friends through the process and I want them at BC with me. They're both great players and I hear that the defensive end BC already has is a good one too, so this class could be special."

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