(Photo: Instagram/Brayden Fountain)
Joe Amplo and the Navy Midshipment gained a commitment in the 2024 class on Monday night as Allatoona (Ga.) attackman Brayden Fountain verbaled to the Mids.
Fountain also considered Ohio State and Army West Point before pulling the trigger on the Midshipmen. His commitment comes following a visit to Annapolis earlier this month. It was his second time on campus as he also took a visit back in July following the service academy contact period opening.
With his commitment, Navy has 15 players in its 2024 class. Fountain is the third attackman in the class, along with Cody Collier (Calvert Hall, Md.) and Aydan DiRocco (Haveford, Pa.).
“I instantly clicked with the coaching staff,” Fountain told Lacrosse Bucket. “I also fell in love with downtown Annapolis. And the opportunities once i graduate are absolutely amazing.”
The 5-foot-11, 165-pound lefty, who says he loves having the ball in his stick and being challenged, has shown to be a very well-rounded playmaker. Fountain has great change of direction speed and often uses that to beat his man and get to the inside off creative dodges and redodges. He is also able to inflict pain on defenses as an off-ball finisher on the inside and as a feeder.
At Navy he enters one of the most storied programs in college lacrosse and will be playing under the tutelage of new offensive coordinator Mike Phipps, who coached 11 All-American selections at Georgetown.
“Coach Phipps is such an amazing coach but an even better guy. He has produced so many All-Americans and I’m super excited to have the opportunity to be coached by him,” Fountain said.
Fountain is coming off a sophomore season in which his Allatoona team went 11-7 record and a second round appearance in the GHSA 6A-7A State Tournament. The attackman missed time late due to injury.
Heading into his junior season, Fountain says his main two goals are to “stay healthy and get a ring!”