3-star Spanish fort DB Carl Fauntroy narrows down picks ahead of possible July decision
Spanish Fort has a history of playing for the state soccer championships.
The Toros are also used to producing top-notch college defensive backs.
DJ James (Oregon), Kris Abrams-Draine (Missouri) and Micah Gaffney (Virginia) will all play at the next level in 2021.
Carl Fauntroy is expected to join them in 2022.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound security is heading to southern Alabama for an official visit this weekend. He also visited UAB and the State of Georgia last week.
He told AL.com this week that he hopes to commit on July 4.
“I’m trying to find a place where the coaches will put me in the right place to have a successful career,” Fauntroy said. “That’s pretty much the end result.”
The rising senior has assisted the Toros in the Class 6A title game each of the past two years. He sustained a hamstring injury in the championship game last fall as he and his teammates attempted to defend Pinson Valley champion and Mr. Football Ga’Quincy McKinstry.
Head Coach Ben Blackmon said Fauntroy’s experience on the championship-level football and basketball field will prove beneficial when he arrives at college.
“He’s a two-sport athlete,” Blackmon said. “He started out as a point guard on the basketball team since he was in first grade. He has played 30 games for us in football in the past two years. Most kids are only guaranteed 10. For him, playing 15 every year is a lot. It will help him on the road.
Fauntroy had 48 tackles and 5 interceptions for Spanish Fort in 2020. He also helped lead the basketball team to the Class 6A title game and says he will play the sport again as a senior.
“We have to get this ring,” he said of his last year of playing basketball.
Blackmon said versatility is one of Fauntroy’s greatest assets on the football field.
“He can play deep or in the box,” he said. “He’s been playing like free (security) for the past two years. He was our best interception player and also our best high school tackle. He has a lot of advantages to him. He has a high football IQ.
“He makes a lot of our checks sound. College wise, I think the sky is the limit. He could stay there and play or he could roll around in the box.
Fauntroy, a 3-star athlete, has offerings from Cincinnati, Colorado, East Carolina, Georgia State, Indiana, Kent State, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane, Utah State and UAB, among others.
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