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

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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.

My team, Our Lady of Mercy, started out the 2012 season 2-0, and we have a big game on Friday. We won our season opener against a good Mt. Paran team 38-7. I had a good game, scoring two touchdowns and tallying up 160 all-purpose yards. Also, I recorded four total tackles and a pass break-up. The coaches also told me I tackled really well in the open field, saving two possible touchdowns.

Rashard Fant

Rashard Fant

Since my last diary entry, I have received an offer from Indiana University. Receiving an offer from Indiana was great for several reasons: 1) It was my first Big Ten offer which everyone knows the Big Ten is a great conference; 2) Indiana is a great school academically and I have heard nothing but awesome things about this school from the alumni; 3) Lastly, the fact that theyare rebuilding their football program and looking for impact players to come in and help them build a program catches my eye. My high school team began building a strong football program during my sophomore year, therefore, I understand the level of commitment and work a coaching staff needs from the players to make progress from one year to another.

I have not taken any official visit to any schools yet, however, over the next 3 months I plan to be very busy traveling to my top 5 schools. I am currently in the process of deciding which schools I plan to visit. I know for sure I will take an official visit to Utah and Indiana, but I am still trying to work out the dates for both. They are a priority because I have never been to either school and I would like to check out the environment, campus, academics and, of course, the football program.

Since my last diary entry, I have had the most contact with Kentucky, Utah, Florida State, Western Kentucky and Indiana. I have had really good conversations with coaches from each of those schools. I am building good relationships and getting a better understanding of their program, the school, position needs and the coaches personally. During this process, they are getting to know me better and learning more about what I can bring to their program.

I continue to hear from several colleges like Memphis and West Virginia. Memphis is a great school with a good football program, and my good friend William “Shaq” Goodwin from Southwest DeKalb’s 2012 class plays basketball there. Also, I have a friend from school that also attends Memphis and he has told me really good things about the school academically. As far as West Virginia is concerned, I spoke with a coach who talked to me about the school, their position needs and his thoughts about me as a player based on my film.

At moment, I am not committed to any program. My decision could come at any time. When it does come, I will be 100% sure of my decision and looking forward to the next chapter in my academic and football endeavors. As I am deciding on a school, the main factors that I am considering are: the environment around the school, the academics, the football program and how the environment can help me to continue to develop not only as a player but most importantly as a young man of character.

  • 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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[...] Here is the second entry for the AJC from Georgia ATH Rashard Fant.  As Fant notes in his diary entry, Indiana is his latest offer, joining Kentucky, FSU, Ole Miss, Utah and WKU among others.  I’ve mentioned before that Fant is an outstanding young man to interview, very well spoken and I think that comes out in his diary entry.  Someone will eventually get a versatile playmaking prospect as well as a very solid student. [...]

A person SMART enough to know.....

September 14th, 2012
5:48 pm

Isn’t his team playing the UGa dWags this weekend?

A person SMART enough to know.....

September 14th, 2012
5:53 pm

Good luck and make the Best Choice for you.


September 14th, 2012
6:37 pm

i think his team was the one that played tech last week, no his team is better.


September 14th, 2012
7:08 pm

Played against him last year. He is a good ATH. WISH HIM LUCC.


September 14th, 2012
9:13 pm

Sounds like a great kid! Would love to have some Georgia talent in Hoosier land!

Trust in Richt

September 14th, 2012
10:48 pm


September 15th, 2012
7:35 am

Would love to see this young man in Blue, Black and White, he was close to pledging to us a few months back but for what ever reason didn’t… BBN wants him, he could be a impact play maker in Max Smith’s Spread offense… This kid would get plenty of touches in plenty of ways… I really wish we could get him up for a game, like todays game against WKU!!! GO CATS!!!

Old Hippy Tea Partier

September 15th, 2012
10:48 am

IU is building a winner and get a great education.. I did !!

OLM Bobcat Fan!

September 15th, 2012
12:45 pm

Congrats Rashard! I am so proud of your accomplishments and am so sure that where every you go, you will be the Scholar/Athlete that you are at Mercy. Although my son graduated in 2011, I still enjoy watching you play. Remain humble and you will go far. Be Blessed.

Love, Your Bobcat Mom :)

Big Al

September 15th, 2012
4:32 pm

I am really surprised Tech hasn’t offered…and no I am not a Tech fan. You have a young man here with good grades (evident by Penn offering), fast, good size, and can play multiple positions. From reading his article, he seems to have a good head on his shoulders. Johnson seems to like those type of players. Regardless, best of luck young man

Pillar of Salt

September 16th, 2012
10:08 am

It is gratifying to hear from sensible, well spoken young man. And, at least so far, a player who hasn’t played the recruiting ‘games’ which are so prevalent and disingenuous in today’s high school ranks.
That said, I can advise you that, yes, Indiana U. would be an excellent choice. Its academics are superb, and if they offer you a scholarship, they will stand by it. If you want a big city school, Bloomington isn’t that (more like Athens,GA) but, otherwise it is your best choice.
If you want to go to a top class grad program (medical, business, law) I.U. will do all it can to accept you. They did for two frat. brothers of mine.
In the mean time, study, do well on the standardized tests, and PUT ON SOME WEIGHT.