LAVERGNE, Tenn. — It’s 9 o’clock on a school night and Princeton Fant is just getting home from his job flipping burgers, ready to put on for Tennessee in a one-on-one interview wth SEC Country.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver from LaVergne High School has made it clear he wants to do whatever he can — as soon as he can– for a Vols’ program that has believed in him even after two ACL knee surgeries.
“Coach (Butch) Jones has believed in me, honored my scholarship, and that has meant the world to me,” Fant said Tuesday night. “It’s my time to give back.”
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Fant missed his junior year after his first ACL surgery but returned to play a handful of games as a senior, flashing the type of ability that kept recruiters from Ole Miss and Miami (Fla.) on the phone trying to convince him to make a visit.
The second knee injury, however, led to him being a so-called “blueshirt” recruit. That means Jones could not make an in-home visit to Fant, and Fant’s family had to pay for all of their visits to Tennessee.
Fant will report to Tennessee at the end of May, along with fellow incoming Vol and LaVergne teammate Maleik Gray. Fant’s scholarship, however, will count toward the 2018 class.
Already, Fant has his mind set on what it will be like to be on the Tennessee campus.
More specifically, he wants to get in the weight room and settle into a training regimen.
“I’m looking forward to getting into the weight training program and getting my body where it needs to be,” said Fant, who already bench presses more than 300 pounds and has squatted 485.
“I want to get my focus right for the speed of the game, and I want to make sure there are no worries about my leg.
“I’ve talked to Marquez (Callaway), and he’s told me the only difference will be the speed of the game, so I want to get up to speed.”