Daurice Fountain accomplished what many thought he wouldn’t when he left Madison Memorial High for Northern Iowa nearly four years ago.
The Indianapolis Colts selected Fountain with the 159th overall pick in the fifth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday, making him just the third Northern Iowa player to be picked in the past decade.
Fountain earned first-team All-State honors at Memorial but didn’t ultimately receive any major scholarship offers. He caught 66 passes for 943 yards and 12 touchdowns for the Panthers last season.
He turned heads at Northern Iowa’s Pro Day in March, posting a 42.5-inch vertical jump, 134-inch broad jump and a 4.46-second 40-yard dash. The vertical and broad jumps would have led all wide receivers at the NFL Combine, which Fountain didn’t receive an invite to.
That Pro Day performance turned heads and led to 11 team visits and two workouts in Cedar Falls, Iowa, per the Des Moines Register.