Defensive Lineman LaMichael Fanning Joins Jacksonville

12/17/2019 11:14 AM -

JACKSONVILLE – The 2019 National Arena League champion Jacksonville Sharks announced today the signing of Defensive Lineman LaMichael Fanning for the 2020 season. This will be his second year of arena football and first with the Sharks.  

LaMichael Fanning (6’7, 275) spent the 2019 season with the Columbus Lions where he played in nine games for the Lions recording 10 tackles, three for a loss, three QB hits, two sacks for eight yards and one blocked kick. Fanning began his college career at the University of Alabama where he spent three seasons under coach Nick Saban (2011-2013). He played in a total of 11 games for the Crimson Tide including eight as a redshirt freshman in 2012. After transferring to Jacksonville State, he became a First Team All-OVC stand out for the Gamecocks amassing 32 tackles, 19 solo tackles, three QB hurries, one sack, and one forced fumble. The 6’7 defensive lineman helped the 2014 Gamecocks to a 10-2 record, an Ohio Valley Conference Championship and a second-round FCS playoff appearance against Sam Houston State.

Fanning is from Whitesville, GA and played at multiple high schools but spent the majority of his time at Harris County High School. During his high school football career, he was a four-star prospect, ranking 14th in the nation at defensive end by ESPNU. Despite getting offers from Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, and Florida State to name a few, Fanning committed to Alabama his senior year. 

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