While he was on the campus of the University of Arkansas this weekend flying around the track, Texarkana junior three-sport standout Antonio Staton couldn't help but think about keeping others from flying down the football field at Razorback Stadium.
Staton (6-1, 200, 4.4), who is a hard-hitting defensive back on the gridiron, was in Fayetteville over the weekend to compete in the State Indoor Track Meet at UA Indoor Track.
He would have rather been competing at the Class AAAAA Basketball Tournament, but the high school Razorbacks didn't qualify so he came up with Arkansas football signee Brandon Barnett, who won the 200 meter dash.
"So I decided to come up here and compete and ran the 200," said Staton, who had the 16th best time out of 102 participants. "I'm just now getting into track shape after basketball."
Staton, who attended the U.S. Army National Junior Combine in San Antonio in January, is hearing from Arkansas, LSU and Arkansas State and will be back in Fayetteville on April 9 for the Razorbacks' next Junior Day.
"I'm looking forward to it," Staton said. "I'm also going to come back for the Arkansas' Seniors Camp (on July 22-23). The Razorbacks have always been my favorite team growing up with Miami next."
Staton will get a lot of interest during the recruiting process because of his outstanding play on the field according to Texarkana head coach Bill Keopple, the former University of Arkansas assistant.
"He has started for us for two seasons and brings it every night and every play," Keopple said. "He has great speed and is a great hitter."
Staton will now turn his attention to the outdoor track season where he will compete in the 100, 200, the long jump and the 4 x 100 relay.
He had bests of 10.85 in the 100 and 22.0 in the 200 last season.
"I like to compete whether it is on the football field, the basketball court or the track," Staton said. I think on the football field that I play hard, give 100 percent each play and feel real good about the way I hit and make tackles."
Staton will participate in 7-on-7 action this summer, but the Arkansas camp will likely be the only one he'll attend.
"I'm just going to work on getting better every day and get myself in the right shape and frame of mind for my senior season," Staton said. "I want to have a big year for both the team and myself."
Keopple said he expects nothing but the best from his star defender, who had a pair of interceptions this season.
"He improved so much from his sophomore to junior year and I expect that to happen as he becomes a senior," Keopple said. "He's going to be a very good one for somebody in college. He just makes plays night in and night out."
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