City: Charlottesville, VA
Web site: http://www.virginiasports.com/
|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Henry Anderson||B+||6'6"/245||Woodward Academy||Defensive end||Central Florida, East Carolina, Maryland, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Virginia, Wake Forest and West Virginia|
Jack Farrell, a tight end who almost quit football after his high school freshman season, has committed to Duke and is set to become the first Division 1 signee from Holy Innocents' of Atlanta. Farrell also was recruited by Vanderbilt, Arkansas, North Carolina, Virginia, SMU and Northwestern and had an offer from Army. "I knew all along I wanted to go to really good academic school, " Farrell said. "I don't see myself playing above college in the pros, so I wanted to get the degree. It's the ACC, so I get good football and a good education." Farrell, 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds with 4.6 speed in the 40, had 24 receptions for 324 yards and three touchdowns last season. He also had 27 tackles at defensive end but expects to play tight end in college. He also might get a shot at punter, he said. Farrell had a 41-yard average as a junior. Farrell is a first baseman on the baseball team who led the team in batting last season and started on Holy Innocents' Class AA champions in 2007. "I thought baseball was what I wanted to do, " he said, explaining why he considered quitting football before his sophomore year. "That summer, I put on 30-35 pounds [up to 200] and grew a couple of inches. I became a football player, I guess. "I put my head down my sophomore year and knew that this [playing Division 1 football] was what I wanted to do and would do whatever it took to do it." Holy Innocents' played its first varsity schedule in 2006, finishing 4-6, and won a round in the state playoffs last season in a 7-5 finish.
Tight end Arthur Fontaine of Dartmouth, Mass., who committed to Georgia on Tuesday, still can't believe the way his recruiting played out. He is Georgia's 13th commitment for the 2009 recruiting class. "I never had any intentions of going to Georgia when they first offered, " Fontaine said. "But I visited and loved it. Then I visited Georgia again last week and loved it more." Fontaine, who is ranked as the nation's No. 4 tight end by Rivals, actually gave a secret commitment to Georgia coach Mark Richt at the end of his three-day trip to Athens last Friday. Fontaine waited until Tuesday to reveal his decision because he wanted to inform his other finalists: Boston College, Virginia and Maryland. "Coach Richt was real excited, and then [Georgia assistant Mike Bobo] told a funny story: He said he had a dream about me, that I signed with Georgia but reported at 211 pounds. He said 'Oh no, I thought you were going to be 245 because we really need that big tight end in our offense.' I was laughing the whole time." Fontaine said it was his "gut feeling" that led him to the Bulldogs. He also said the blessing of his mother played a critical role in his final decision. "My mom loved Coach Richt and Georgia, which just confirmed how I felt about everything, " Fontaine said. "I still can't believe this kid from Massachusetts is going down to Georgia, and that the No. 1 team in the country wanted me so badly. My mom just said everything happens for a reason, and she's right." Fontaine committed to Boston College in early May, but backed off it a few weeks earlier because he felt he rushed his decision. He said he won't be changing his mind about the Bulldogs. "Recruiting is over for me."