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.
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.