New schools in mix for ATH Rashard Fant

Toward the end of the summer, the consensus was that ESPN 150 athlete Rashard Fant (Fairburn, Ga./Our Lady of Mercy) was close to announcing his decision.

“I thought that Ole Miss might be the school after talking about it with some friends and family,” Fant said. “But after my visit I just did not feel like it was the right time. What kept me from pulling the trigger was me just not wanting to make a decision so fast off of emotion. I do not want to decommit for any reason.”

Then another Southeastern Conference program jumped into the mix with an offer.

“Kentucky is definitely in my top three,” Fant said. “I really like the campus and the town of Lexington. Before even looking at football, the way the city was, it was kind of the perfect college town and environment I was looking for. When I got there, the coaches and students all knew me on campus. The feeling up there was enjoyable, and the program is looking for playmakers that can put them on the map in the best conference in football.”

While the Wildcats appear to be in great shape for the 5-foot-10, 165-pound prospect, yet another school has thrown its hat into the ring.

“Having Kentucky come in later kind of slowed me down, and now Indiana has come in, so I want to take a visit there and look closer at them,” Fant said. “So I am taking my time and trying to find the right place.”

Fant does not know much about the Hoosiers, but he is intrigued about the opportunity their coaching staff has given him.

“I keep hearing great things about Indiana and the academics,” Fant said. “I kind of know a little more about the basketball program than the football program. I know they have a brand new coaching staff. To have a chance to help them get back on top is just an honor and a blessing. I am excited about hopefully taking a visit there soon.”

When discussing what he is looking for in a school, Fant said he does not necessarily need to be at a rebuilding program, but he is intrigued about the chance to build up a program and put it on the map nationally. He now has no set timeline for his commitment.

“I am just going with the flow and not really setting an exact date,” Fant said. “When it comes and I feel it is the right school, I will talk it over with my parents. If I still feel the same the next day, then I will go ahead and make my decision.”

Fant feels West Virginia and Memphis are close to offering, but for right now, five schools stand out in his recruitment.

“I like Kentucky, Indiana, Western Kentucky, FSU and Utah, in no order,” Fant said. “Kentucky, Western Kentucky and now Indiana are recruiting me the hardest, with FSU in there here and there.”

In his first game, Fant played a little over two quarters, racking up 175 all-purpose yards, including a 65-yard punt return and a 55-yard touchdown catch. On defense, he was rarely thrown to, but he contributed four tackles and a pass break up. The No. 148 prospect is not sure what position he will play at the next level.

“It is hard trying to figure out which side of the ball I want to focus on, but hopefully whichever one I play the school I go to gives me a chance to make some plays on the other side as well,” Fant said.