If Indiana is to emerge as a major contender for this nationally-ranked St. Louis area cornerback, it might have more to do with what Indiana has to offer off the field instead of on it.
Considered by many to be a top-30 cornerback nationally, 6'0", 175-pound Antonio Gully was a third-team all-area pick a year ago after totaling 37 tackles and a metro-area best nine interceptions. He also played wide receiver and tallied a team-high 17 receptions for 457 yards and four touchdowns while helping lead Cardinal Ritter H.S. to a 7-3 record.
That productivity, combined with excellent size and speed (4.5 in the 40), has helped him secure offers from at least 10 schools to date, including the likes of Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Missouri. Indiana has been making progress thanks to what it has to offer in Gully's desired major – art and design. Indiana's School of Fine Arts is considered one of the country's best, which Gully is well aware of.
"When I heard they have a real good art and design program at Indiana, that was big," said Gully. "They have a real good football program also, but the art and design school was the thing that jumped out to me the most about them."
That program has given IU a big boost in its quest to attract Gully, but there's little question that this will be a recruiting battle loaded with football heavyweights. While Gully has taken unofficial visits to both Nebraska and Wisconsin and recently listed the Cornhuskers, Badgers and Illinois as his top three, he said that it remains wide open as his senior season nears.
"I'm really just looking for a school that will catch my attention, because everyone is pretty much in the same boat right now," said Gully.
Most schools – including Indiana - are recruiting Gully to play on the defensive side, which is where he'd prefer to play.
"I like defense the best, but wherever a team wants me, that's where I'll play," said Gully.
There's little doubt that Cardinal Ritter Coach Michael Baker will once again line Gully up on both sides of the ball this fall. Fresh off of last year's 7-3 season, Gully is expecting big things this year. In addition to him, Cardinal Ritter's roster also features linebacker/quarterback Quentin Davie (verbally committed to Duke) and cornerback Kristopher Heard (offers from Houston and Ball State), two other Division I recruiting targets in the 2006 class.
"This is the last year of high school football, so I want to leave with a bang," said Gully. "Hopefully we'll go all the way. We have three top prospects on our team, so hopefully that will be worth something."
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