Not many recruits will make the trip that Antoine Pozniak made this past weekend, traveling from New Jersey to Louisiana to take in four days on the LSU campus, and most importantly spend valuable time with the Tiger staff during preparation for the team’s spring game.
The trip was the first of the offseason for Pozniak, who has yet to pick up a college scholarship offer. Having never been to Louisiana, the four-day stay served as a chance to evaluate Baton Rouge as a possible future home. Before he boarded a plane back to the Garden State, Pozniak called the visit a perfect one.
“Everything fit for me,” he said. “I got along with all of the coaches and players. Getting in on Thursday gave me a chance to see campus during a school day, and everything was really cool. The academic side of things was just as nice as the football centers. It was amazing; it really blew me away.”
Recently, LSU defensive coordinator and linebackers coach John Chavis has begun increasing contact with Pozniak, which ultimately led to the Hun School standout making the late-March trip to Baton Rouge.
“Coach Chavis seems to really like me, and coach [Les] Miles and him both said that they like what I bring to the table,” he said. “They want to continue to evaluate my game before they offer, and coach Chavis said that would come during the spring period as well as the summer. I also got to speak with [defensive line] coach Brick Haley, and he wanted to see more of me as well.
“I want to get back for camp in July, for sure.”
Had the staff offered, Pozniak said that turning down the opportunity would not have been an option.
“I would have probably committed,” he said. “I liked the visit that much. It was a great fit, and I could see myself playing at LSU. I have to keep focused and just try to show them that I deserve the offer.”
After suiting up for Bishop Grimes High in Syracuse, N.Y. last season, Pozniak recorded 154 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions. In order to graduate early and enroll in a college by January, Pozniak is headed to Oak Ridge Military Academy in North Carolina this fall.