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Fondren picks UA from list of suitors

For an athlete that pays attention to heights and has to evaluate situations with his eyes and brain as much as anything, Oxford high jumper Justin Fondren has a great idea of how to measure an important decision and special moment in his life.

Fondren’s latest birthday present today included a scholarship offer from the University of Alabama. His signature on the National Letter of Intent not only secured money for his future education, but a chance to learn a lot from arguably the best high jump coach in the nation in Dick Booth.

With a number of schools looking to sign Fondren, it was Alabama’s proximity to home coupled with the recent hiring of Booth, who has coached 150 All-Americans and 49 individual national champions over his 30 plus years that allowed Fondren to choose the Crimson Tide over offers from Kansas State, Texas A&M, Florida and Ole Miss, among others. (February 2, 2012, Page 7)

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