June 22, 2008

Four-star TE loved it in Athens

One of the top tight ends in the country was in Athens this weekend and he got his first chance to see what the University of Georgia was all about. Arthur Fontaine entered the visit with UGA high on his list and this visit only helped the Dawgs' chances.

"I got into Athens around noon on Saturday and I met up with Coach [John] Lilly at the stadium," said Fontaine.

"We checked out the stadium, toured the facilities, and then he drove us around to give us a tour of everything. The campus was great and I got to see where I would live if I went to Georgia as a freshman and sophomore. The dorms were really nice and everything looked great."

"After we took the tour, I met with Rhonda Kilpatrick, the academic advisor and she was great. I could tell she really cares about the academics there and she shared a lot of information with me and my family. She really impressed me, my mother, and my grandfather."

"I got to meet a few players next, then I talked to Coach Lilly, Coach [Mike] Bobo, and Coach [Mark] Richt after that. We then got to go out to eat for dinner with Coach Richt and Coach Lilly. It was great to talk more with them and to meet them a little more."

The 6-foot-5, 240-pound tight end out of Dartmouth (MA) saw a lot in one day at Georgia. He brought his mother and grandfather along, so they could help him when it came time to break down each school he is considering.

The visit to UGA went well for the entire party.

"We all loved everything," he said. "There was nothing we did not like. The coaches and the academics really impressed my family a lot. They said they felt comfortable with me going to Georgia, so that is great to know."

"We really thought the world of everything, everyone, and the university."

A lot of time was spent with Georgia's tight ends coach during his visit. When Coach Lilly was not giving Fontaine and his family the tour, then he had some one on one time with his tight end target.

"Coach Lilly is someone I have liked from the beginning. He called my coach about me in March and then he came to see me the very first day Georgia coaches visited schools in the spring."

"He is a real nice guy and I got to know him even better this weekend. We met up and we talked about how Georgia used the tight end, how much they play, and things like that. He showed me a full chart of how much they use the tight end at Georgia and it showed them playing 90 percent of the time. That was nice to see."

"He talked to me about how they would really like to have me down there and how I am a top target for him. Coach Lilly is a coach I really like and I could see myself playing for him at tight end."

Coach Lilly made a big impression, but he was not the only coach that stood out to the Fontaine family.

"We met with Coach Richt for about two hours during the visit. We could tell right away that he is a sincere and family oriented person. He talked to us about how he is not leaving, his whole family is there, and how he would love to have me there with them at Georgia."

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