Florida FNL: Malik Antoine

The Florida Gators are making waves at University Lab School, which is located, ironically, on the campus of SEC rival LSU. On Friday the Gators grabbed a pledge from University 2016 DB Tre Jackson and also expected to host his teammates, 2015 RB Nicholas Brossette and 2016 DB Malik Antoine. Read on for all the details...

Malik Antoine's first trip to the Florida campus was a memorable occasion.

"It was a fun experience," said Antoine, who burst onto the statewide recruiting radar in Louisiana this spring with a fabulous showing at the NUC 5-Star. "I got to see great talent at Florida, and it was great to see out of state competition after LSU camp.

"I like Florida's coaching staff. They were very nice. I talked with Coach (Derek) Lewis a while; he said I did very good. He knew I'm a teammate of Tre Jackson and that helped me get looks from the coaches."

Antoine, who already has one offer (Akron) heading into his sophomore season, came away fully impressed with the Gators.

"I really liked the way they have everything set up with the weight room and facilities," he continued. "The coaches talked to me more about my performance. They haven't offered, but if they did it would definitely mean a lot to me.

"Florida is a great place. They had a bit more variety of players with different competition and different speed than LSU camp."

Antoine considers himself a likely corner on the next level although he'll make the switch to safety this fall at U-High.

"I feel like I could develop more as a corner in college," he explained, "but our defensive coordinator is moving me to free safety for now so I look forward to continuing to learn about the position.

"We begin boot camp as a team on Wednesday, where we'll basically stay at the school from 7:30 A.M. until 7:30 P.M. and go through two-a-days and possibly some three-a-days."

U-High reached the Class 2A semis last year before succumbing in a wild shootout to Evangel Christian.

"We just want to continue working hard," he said, "to carry the winning culture that Coach (Chad) Mahaffey has created. We just need to keep being the U-High that we've become while putting in the work to continue getting better.

"It's almost time to block out the recruiting, stay focused, become a team and not let outside things like publicity distract from our mission."

Antoine felt good about LSU's recent camp, as well.

"I believe I made a lot of noise there," he said. "Coach (Corey) Raymond said I have a lot of top talent and, during the camp, moved me up to the senior group."

Note: Brossette was unable to make the trip to Florida, which has offered the top 2015 RB.

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