Fant joins three others to sign on first day of Early Period

Cole Claybourn

Warren Central High School’s George Fant has had a busy fall.

But the worries that accompany the college recruiting process came to a halt on Wednesday when Fant signed a National Letter of Intent to play at WKU.

“It’s a big relief – a lot of stress of my shoulders,” Fant said Wednesday at a signing ceremony. “I’m just ready to play.

“Now I can just go out there and play. I’m not worrying about signing or waiting for a college to call me. Now it’s just Western Kentucky.”

The signing came nearly a month after Fant gave a verbal commitment to play for WKU and coach Ken McDonald. Fant inked his letter on the first day of the NCAA’s Regular Signing Period, which runs through Nov. 17.

He joined St. Patrick (N.J.) guard Derrick Gordon and Marietta, Ga., small forward Nigel Snipes as the first of WKU’s six committed players to sign.

The Bowling Green Daily News reported that Weslyan Christian Academy (N.C.) center Deng Leek also intended to sign on Wednesday.

Vinny Zollo, a forward at George Rogers Clark High School, said he will ink his letter during a signing ceremony at 2 p.m. Friday, while St. John Bosco (Calif.) point guard Cezar Guerrero  hasn’t yet confirmed when he’ll sign.

Guerrero said in a previous interview that he intended to sign during the Early Period.

McDonald won’t comment on the recruits until all expected letters are signed and faxed.

Fant had narrowed his choices down to WKU and Penn State, and had also received interest from Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia and Cincinnati, according to Warren Central coach Tim Riley.

He said coaches from Penn State contacted him after he gave his verbal commitment — not for another recruiting pitch, but to simply congratulate him on the decision.

Now that his signing is taken care of, Fant said he’s ready for the rest of WKU’s 2011 recruiting class to join him.

“We have some potential, but it all lies in our hands,” he said. “It just depends on how hard we work. It will be a whole new level, so we’ll have to work harder and get stronger, faster and smarter.”