CU football: Texas RB gives verbal commitment to Buffs

RB Alex Fontenot

The Colorado football team got its fifth verbal commitment for the 2017 class on Tuesday.

Running back Alex Fontenot, from George Ranch High School in Richmond, Texas, announced his commitment on Twitter.

Fontenot’s tweet read: “I would like to start by thanking everyone that has helped me throughout this recruiting process. Special thanks to my family, teammates, and coaches for everything that they have done. I would also like to thank every school that has offered me the opportunity to further my football career. With that said, I would like to announce that I am COMMITTING to The University of Colorado to further my academic and athletic career! #GoBuffs.”

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Fontenot helped George Ranch to a 16-0 record and the Class 5A Division I state championship last season. Although serving as a backup to senior Darius Anderson (who signed with TCU), Fontenot scored three touchdowns in a 56-0 championship game victory.

Given a three-star rating from, Fontenot had offers from several other schools, including Oklahoma State, Purdue and Colorado State.

In February, Cherry Creek High School teammates Dante Sparaco and Jonathan Van Diest pledged their commitment to the Buffs. In April, a pair of four-star receivers, Jaylon Jackson of Cedar Hill, Texas, and Laviska Shenault of DeSoto, Texas, gave verbal commitments.

Jackson missed his junior season with a torn ACL and recently re-tore the same ACL.

Fontenot’s junior year highlights: