Antoine: All Fired Up

The elite wideouts and DBs usually seem to have that extra bit of confidence, and Loreauville junior Jermaine Antoine has that swagger.

In early January, Jermaine Antoine, the wide receiver/defensive back from Loreauville High School in south Louisiana, was named best All-Around Athlete at the U.S. Army All-American Junior Combine in San Antonio.

"I've been hearing in-state players say I didn't deserve that award," said Antoine. "I'm coming to camp with something to prove: LSU Camp, NUC, all of them.

"I want all the big dogs around the state to know what I'm about: whether it's Jordan Jefferson's little brother (four-star Destrehan WR/DB Rickey Jefferson) or whoever."

Antoine attended LSU's Junior Day event last weekend.

"Coach Frank (Wilson) and Coach (Sherman) Morris told me to send them all of my stuff, including the Army Combine," said Antoine. "That way, when they sit down and talk to Coach Les (Miles), it will make my resume look even better.

"They told me to make sure I go to camp, even if it's just for one day, so I can go earn an offer. I'm going to all three days, though. The coaches said I'm high in there (on their recruiting board), but they want to see me run the 40 in person. I wasn't able to run it last year at the camp because I tweaked my knee the day before in a 7-on-7 against Central Catholic in Morgan City on a field that was all wet and muddy."

Antoine has two additional Junior Days on tap and maybe more.

"I'm going to Mississippi State's Junior Day this weekend and Texas A&M in two weeks," he said. "I'm most definitely going to both. My dad and I are even thinking about going up to Oregon for their Junior Day.

"Mississippi State has been reaching out to me. They sent a handwritten letter and want me to check them out. I like their academic situation, because academics come first.

"Mississippi State is SEC football. You can't go wrong with that. It's not far from home and I just might like it."


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