Gophers Pursuing MSU Commit

Although Belle Chasse (La.) safety Quadry Antoine committed to Mississippi State in June, many teams are still pursing the talented prospect including Minnesota.

Antoine has been a Mississippi State commit for months but that hasn't stopped the Gophers from continuing to recruit him. Coach Jay Sawvel has recently been in contact with this top prospect.

"I heard from Coach Sawvel the defensive backs coach yesterday, I want to say around 3:30 or 4:00," Antoine said. "First he talked to me about coach [Dan] Mullen being up for the Penn State job. He pretty much informed me that my scholarship offer still stands with the University of Minnesota and that I could come in and probably have a big impact on the team."

Minnesota has been in contact with Antoine since last spring when they offered a scholarship.

"Minnesota offered me like a week after our spring game," he said. "I've been keeping in touch with Coach Sawvel. I know this year they didn't have a real good year but it was kind of due to them being a young team and talking with him he said they had some guys out of position and some injuries—that played a big part too.

Antoine is a solid commit to Miss State but a potential coaching change could mix things up.

"I'm kind of keeping my options open ever since all of this came up just to see what could possibly happen," he said.

Along with the Bulldogs, he is also considering two other schools if his future coach takes a new job.

"I know Minnesota could be a good team and I know that my scholarship offer stands—they would be in the top three with Mississippi State and Oklahoma state," he said.

Antoine would like to learn more about the Gophers and is looking to set up an official visit.

"Coach Sawvel talked about possibly taking an official visit—I just have to get with my parents on that and see what date would be best to go out there," he explained.

Losing a number of key defensive backs, Minnesota could use the unique skill set possessed by Antoine.

"I would have to say, [I'm] just real physical," he said. "I like to set the tone early. Like in the first quarter, maybe if I have a good shot on the receiver, I'll take it just to set the tone. When it comes down to ground and pound and I have a chance to get an interception and put the game away, I can do that. I'm more like a rover type guy where I can come in, good for run support and I also have decent cover skills where I won't get burned or beat too often." Quadry Antoine Profile

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