Recruiting Diary: Our Lady of Mercy ATH Rashard Fant (Vol. I)

Some of Atlanta’s college football prospects will be writing a weekly diary for the AJC until February’s signing day. They will be sharing their thoughts, opinions, adventures and perspectives on the recruiting journey.

Rashard Fant is considered one of the state’s top sleeper prospects. He has been overlooked by many colleges because he attends the small private school of Our Lady of Mercy. However, he has impressed enough as an “athlete” to earn early college football scholarship offers from Florida State, Utah, Ole Miss and Kentucky, among others. Many other colleges will be evaluating him as a senior.

The year 2012 has been quite a rollercoaster for me with football.  I came into the year with zero college football scholarship offers, and I went into the spring with zero offers as well. During spring practice, I had more than 50 college coaches come to my school to visit me. I left spring with one offer, from Western Kentucky.  During this summer, I caught the eye of a few other colleges; Now I have 8 total college offers from the following schools: Utah, Kentucky, Florida State, Ole Miss, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and Penn.

This summer, I took unofficial visits to a few different colleges, some of which I attended camp also.  I started off the summer attending camps at Auburn, Clemson and Wake Forest. I was told I did really well at all three of them. Although I do not have an offer from any of the three, I know they are still keeping an eye on me.   After those camps, I attended Florida State’s camp and I performed at a high level, which earned me a spot on the front of one of the FSU recruiting websites. The article title was “Fant Steals the Show.” I visited Florida State about a month before the camp, and I loved the Tallahassee area; the community is great and really supportive of the athletic teams and the school.  Florida State was everything I thought it would be.  In July, I went to South Carolina, Ole Miss, Western Kentucky and Kentucky. My visits this summer were all really great experiences.  I had lots of fun at the camps and taking tours of the campuses.  The best part about visiting schools is just being able to travel to places you might not have been to before, and just being able to get a great experience and get a feel for the environment.

Rashard Fant

Rashard Fant

The schools I wanted to visit but did not get the chance were Utah, Penn and Middle Tennessee State. I wanted to visit Utah because they are in my top five, and I want to see what the Salt Lake City area is like.  I will be taking an official visit to Utah on Oct. 4 to see their game against Southern Cal.  I wanted to visit Penn to be able to see what the area was like and what they could offer me athletically, since I already know their academics are top notch.

My parents feel that the recruiting process is really a blessing because not every football player gets to experience it. They realize that there will be ups and downs in this process, but they just always tell me to stay focused on school, get better every single time I step on a field or work out in the weight room, and that everything will fall in place. My parents are just real positive about the whole recruiting process. No matter what, they just want me to end up at a good college that I feel is right for me, and that they feel comfortable with.  They believe God has already worked it out for me.

I decided to attend the private school Our Lady of Mercy mainly because of the academic advantage it would give me over a lot of high school athletes around the U.S., and also, because of the challenge and benefits it would provide for me in the long run.  Coming from a small school, recruiting is a little bit harder, especially coming from one that did not become big on football until my sophomore year. Coming from a smaller school, college coaches always question the competition, not always understanding that just because I play in a lower classification, there are still plenty of talented football players I compete against.  Before my recruiting process began, the most colleges we had come to our school was two. This past spring, we had over 55 different college coaches to visit Our Lady of Mercy.  Being from a smaller school, I really had to make sure I sent emails to the colleges, and do a lot of things on my own, at least more than kids at bigger schools would have to do.  I had to make sure colleges knew that there is a serious football player at this small school in Fayetteville, Ga., and let them know that I was interested.   Also, I have to prove myself to colleges much more than the players at the AAA, AAAA, AAAAA and AAAAAA schools have to, especially when I went to the college camps.

Going into my senior year with a few Div. I scholarships definitely takes some pressure off me and allows me to be able to focus more on my team.  It also allows me to focus on just getting better and helping my teammates get better, too.   Although it takes the pressure off, it still makes me motivated to get better and do better and to make sure that other colleges have no choice but to notice me.  Regardless of how many offers I have, I still play with a chip on my shoulder because I know not everybody out there believes I am as good as people might say I am.  So, I plan to just step on that field each day and make sure I leave no doubt.

I am being recruited by most colleges as an “athlete.”  They know I can play corner, receiver, slot and quarterback (in the Wildcat package).  Being recruited as an athlete is pretty good because colleges know that I can play more than one position.  Also, it helps them because they know that I can make an impact on both sides of the ball.  I am not committed to any college at the moment.  I am going to take my time in the recruiting process and just focus on getting better and having a great senior season.  I am not in any rush to make a decision on what college I will sign with. I will make my decision when I feel that I have found the right school for me both academically and athletically.

  • Featured prospect: Rashard Fant
  • Position: Athlete
  • Size: 6-1, 167
  • High School: Our Lady of Mercy
  • College offers: Utah, Kentucky, Florida State, Ole Miss, Georgia State, Middle Tennessee State, Western Kentucky and Penn.
  • Fast fact: More than 50 college coaches visited Our Lady of Mercy’s spring practices.

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25 comments Add your comment

G-Dawg

August 10th, 2012
10:11 am

Good luck with your senior season!!! Offers will come!!

DEE 1

August 10th, 2012
11:07 am

(mis print)Rashard is 5′10.5 160

A person SMART enough to know......

August 10th, 2012
12:10 pm

Go to GaState if you don’t get other FBS offers. Stay in state and close to home.

Tom

August 10th, 2012
12:25 pm

Thanks but if it ain’t the Dawgs not many people care!

A person SMART enough to know......

August 10th, 2012
12:40 pm

TOM…..if it is a dWag only redneck racists morons care.

A person SMART enough to know......

August 10th, 2012
12:51 pm

Tom is the Perfect MUTT FAN…..They all complain if a kid don’t go to UGa then complain if he leaves the state, but he said the TRUTH. MUTTS only care if the kid is getting or showing LOVE involving UGa.

7576DAWG

August 10th, 2012
1:03 pm

A person Smart enough to know
You do know when people resort to calling other people names and labels that all they are doing is lashing out because they don’t understand why others don’t think just like they do or they can’t control the way someone else thinks, so they call other people names and in some case become physically violent.
I may completely disagree with what you are saying about a subject but for me to respect your right to voice that opinion then you have to come across as respecting my opinion and my right to disagree.with you.
Adults that use this behavior are a very sad case because they have young people that are using them as roll models to develop their on habits and personality and all they are creating is more social rejects.

G-Dawg

August 10th, 2012
1:51 pm

Someone supposedly smart enough really doesnt seem to know much!!

HighTech

August 10th, 2012
2:09 pm

Pointing out and making fun of misspelled words is hate-filled, harassing, and irresponsible.

SansWorld

August 10th, 2012
2:37 pm

Good luck Rashard,you will do well whereever you go to school. There is no way I could write a 1000 word article like this when i was 18.

Tuscon

August 10th, 2012
3:53 pm

Love to see you suit up in Blue and White! GO PANTHERS!

nobody

August 10th, 2012
5:20 pm

Phew Penn? Good job for this kid. Kudos

Gorilla Biscuit

August 10th, 2012
5:34 pm

No interest in GT?

GO PANTHERS!!!!!

August 10th, 2012
6:21 pm

GSU, GSU, GSU…………….we are on the rise, not having half the starters going to jail or getting kicked off for drugs & drinking, good luck whatever your choice Fant!

FSU FAN

August 10th, 2012
7:10 pm

This can play at the next level.Jamil Mckee of Greenville High School is another sleeper,he will go D-1 at receiver

dawgs01

August 10th, 2012
9:01 pm

This kid is every bit as good as wiggins for uga. This young man will be a steal for someone. FSU has offered that right there tells you he can play defense. I have seen him practice with wiggins and other top corners and recievers in the state and he is just as good as wiggins like i said only problem is wiggins plays at sandy creek and goes up against great receivers in practice not to mention the games but fant works out with wiggins and those same receivers and many others all summer and all last winter after football ended. young man has great footwork and speed first time i saw him i thought wow how does he not have any offers and i am so glad it is working out for him. he is a great young man no worries about future problems with this guy and he works his butt off never lets up in drills or practice or games. would love for uga to get him but fsu will be hard to beat. after the season everyone will be on him and i think espn has him ranked like 148 he will move up that board after the season you can bet on it.

[...] Today, the Atlanta Journal Constitution published a recruiting diary entry written by prospective Kentucky recruit Rashard Fant.  I’ve interviewed Fant twice and he was a really good interview, giving thoughtful, well spoken replies to my questions.  If you read this entry from Fant, I think you will get a sense of what I mean.  Just click here. [...]

ALW

August 11th, 2012
9:40 am

This kid is a real stud, unlimited potential, plus he comes from a great family.

Shay

August 11th, 2012
8:49 pm

We are all so proud of you Rashard!!! You are a great role model, keep up the great work!!

j-dawg

August 12th, 2012
2:46 am

This is the kind of kid we need at UGA. Offer him richt- can’t have too many talented defensive backs, plus Brandon Smith is graduating.

J-Quaker

August 12th, 2012
2:48 am

PLEASE take that visit to Penn- we need you buddy. I’m real sick of Harvard and Princeton thinking they are the pride of the Ivies…Also can you play basketball?

gt4ever

August 12th, 2012
8:26 am

GSU would be just about right for this kid… Good Luck..

Lamar

August 12th, 2012
8:54 am

Pointing out and making fun of misspelled words is hate-filled, harassing, and irresponsible.

No it isn’t. It’s simply emphasizing the obvious fact that most UGA students, fans, and players are functionally illiterate dummies.

Univ. Of Kentucky

August 12th, 2012
2:37 pm

PLEASE bring your talent to Lexington.

Techster

August 13th, 2012
1:02 pm

Will someone tell me why we get stories like this one under the Georgia Tech Recruiting tag line when this player isn’t even a Tech recruit? Simlarly, why keep the story posted about Juwaan Williams under Georgia Tech Recruiting when the kid himself says he wants to go elsewhere? Also, why keep a story posted asking whether Tech will go after Penn State players when Paul Johnson has already nixed the idea? As much as I hate to say it, I would rather the AJC just say, “Nothing new at Tech on Recruiting” when that is the case. It would cut down the time I browse the AJC for non-existent Tech Recruting updates.