At the beginning of the summer, Fairburn (Ga.) Our Lady of Mercy defensive back Rashard Fant felt like he was fighting for his football future.
The rising senior held just one offer, from Western Kentucky and wasn't sure if any other schools were going to notice his abilities.
But after camping at Wake Forest, Auburn, Florida State, South Carolina and Ole Miss, Fant has racked up a plethora of offers from BCS programs and he added another to the list over the weekend.
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Kentucky became the second SEC school to offer Fant, joining Ole Miss, where he visited and camped late last week and into the weekend. The Wildcats join the Rebels, WKU, Ohio State, Florida State and Utah in Fant's current top six.
"I was thinking I was going to go into my senior year without any offers," Fant said. "I was just worried that people weren't noticing my talent but now they know I can play and they want me on their team and it's great that interest in me has picked up."
Fant will repay the Kentucky coaches for the offer with a visit this weekend. He also plans on taking a visit to WKU while he's in the state.
"I can't wait to go take a look and see what they have to offer," Fant said. "Coach Joker Phillips is trying to do great things with the program there."
Fant is expected to visit Kentucky with Atlanta Mays wide receive Deangelo Yancey. The two are close friends but not necessarily a package deal.
"Originally we wanted to go to college together but now we're going to go where our hearts feel," Fant said of himself and Yancey. "If he feels somewhere else is better for him and I feel somewhere is better for me then that's that. We'll be bro's. But if we end up together that would be great, too."
On Thursday, Fant took an unofficial visit to Ole Miss prior to the start of camp and came away very impressed.
"It was nice and definitely a new experience," Fant said. "… The facilities are top notch, which what you expect from an SEC school. They're a program trying to go in the right direction and I feel like the coaches have a plan."
He said none of the six schools he's still considering is leading at the moment, but that figures to change in the next two weeks. Fant said he's hoping to make a decision no later than mid-August so he can focus on his senior season.
"I want to take these visits this weekend and then see where I'm at," Fant said. "I should be making the decision towards the end of next week, but at the latest I want to decide by Aug. 17 so I can focus the season."