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Deon Fountain: “The Versatile Renaissance Man”

By Barry Every
SouthernPigskin.com
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Over the past two seasons Fountain has nabbed 59 passes for 751 yards and seven scores, leading the Trojans in receptions both years. He has also completed four of six passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns while returning seven punts for 169 yards and a score.

Last season Coach Maurice Freeman led the Trojans to an (11-2/3-1) record and a trip to the GHSA-AA Semifinals. Both losses were by a combined total of 13 points to teams that combined for a (26-2) record. Since 2008 Coach Freeman has led the Trojans to seven ten-win seasons while reaching the second round of the playoffs or beyond every year.

This coming season the Trojans must replace 23 seniors which include their starting signal caller, leading rusher and top tackler. One returning starter Coach Freeman will be relying heavily on for leadership and production is 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete Deon Fountain.

“He is a humble young man that is quiet with lots of friends,” Freeman said. “He is a joyful person that has never got into any trouble and he is not shy about meeting people. Simply put he is a very likeable young man that college recruiters will enjoy meeting.”

Over the past two seasons Fountain has nabbed 59 passes for 751 yards and seven scores, leading the Trojans in receptions both years. He has also completed four of six passes for 176 yards and three touchdowns while returning seven punts for 169 yards and a score.

“He has untapped potential and he can do a lot of things for us on the football field; He plays receiver, quarterback, running back, safety and returns kicks,” Freeman said. “I coached his dad and I see such great growth in this young man. He can be one of the best to come through here, and I would like to see that. He is a game changer that our opponents have to game plan for.”

Not only is Fountain a star on the gridiron, but also in the classroom. At this time he maintains a 3.4 core GPA and has received a 28 on the ACT. He does have plans on taking the SAT later this year.

His academic prowess and football acumen has already attracted offers from Columbia and UAB. He is also receiving serious interest from Penn and Princeton at this time. His skillset combined with top notch academics should soon attract additional attention from colleges that require higher standards than the NCAA minimum.

“Coach Justin Stovall is my recruiting coach for Columbia, he keeps in touch on twitter and DM’s me at least every other week to make sure Columbia is still on my mind,” Fountain said. “They haven’t said what position they are recruiting me for, so I’m thinking athlete.”

Fountain did not hit any college camps last year, but he has already made unofficial visits to Jacksonville, Mercer and South Carolina. This spring he has already made plans to camp at Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Kentucky and Mercer. Two schools he would like to hear more from are Georgia and Kentucky.

“Personally I think he is an FCS/FBS level slot receiver in college,” Freeman said. “With the way teams use their slots with tunnel screens and sweeps he would be a perfect fit in that situation. Fountain also has the tools to return punts and kicks.”

Fountain is not only a dynamic multipurpose athlete on the football field who also excels at other sports. Recently he finished up the Tennis season as the #1 singles player for the Trojans and now he is onto track where he participates in the 4x100, 4x400 and long jump. As a sophomore he qualified for the State Championships in the long jump. As a senior he plans on playing baseball.

But in Quitman, Georgia it’s all about bringing the hammer. Football is not only paramount in Brooks County but all across South Georgia. So continuing the winning tradition at Brooks County is crucial not only to the community but to Fountain himself.

“We just have to maintain are work ethic and we will be able to play with anyone, despite our losses,” Fountain said. “We have to stay positive and put our best foot forward in order to do our best. Right now we lack a little leadership because of those 23 graduating seniors, so it’s my job to keep everybody’s head up and aware of what needs to be accomplished.”

This fall Fountain will be doing double duty for the Trojans. Not only will he be playing slot receiver, he may even line up in the backfield at running back or quarterback. He will also see time as a safety on the defensive side of the ball as well as return kicks.

College recruiters can see Fountain this spring in action versus Douglas (Ga.) Coffee on May, 18 at Jardine Stadium. Last season this pair met in the inaugural spring game with Brooks County walking away with a surprising 23-7 victory.