St. Louis Two-Way Star Likes NU Possibilities

Nebraska continues their fevered pace on the recruiting trail offering several prospects across the country. An area of need in the Cornhuskers' West Coast Offense is having solid receivers that can not only catch in traffic and be physical, but make something happen after the catch as well. The Big Red has identified a young man from Missouri that knows all about physicality.

Antonio Gully presents an interesting type of athlete for a football team.  Playing both wide receiver and cornerback for his Cardinal Ritter team, Gully racked up 17 receptions for 457 yards and four touchdowns from his wide receiver slot along with 37 tackles, 29 of those solo, nine interceptions which led the St. Louis metro area and one fumble recovery on the defensive side of the ball.  Gully stands 6'1", weighs in at 180 pounds and last clocked in a 4.5 40 yard dash.

Gully hasn't maxed out in his weight lifting for a while but last posted 305 in the bench press and 350 in the squat.  As a junior, he was named to the All-Conference, All-Metro, All-State, St. Louis All-American and Preseason All-American lists.  He currently holds offers from Nebraska (the first team to offer him), Wisconsin, UAB and Indiana along with picking up interest from the Michigan State Spartans.  He claims no favorites at this time and cites his strengths as his quickness, his physicality and his enjoyment of attacking the ball when on defense.

A Missouri native, Gully isn't that far away from Lincoln which made him an interesting target for Coach Bill Callahan and company.  The good news for the Cornhuskers is that, already, Gully seems to have an affinity for the Big Red.  "I really like Nebraska, the football program, the city and the college itself," he said.  Antonio stated that all four of his offered schools have been recruiting him pretty evenly, though they have all been very furious in their recruitment, so the race appears to be heating up and quickly.

In discussing some of the major factors that will go into Gully's eventual decision, his prospective school is going to have to be able to present him with a mix of academic and athletic comfort.  "Of course, I want to play and they've got to have my major (design or engineering) along with the football program, how good that is.  The bowl games make it sound good but I've got to see the program for myself and see if I can see myself in it," said Gully.  Antonio will be looking at everything from strength and conditioning to how he fits in with the coaching staff.

At this point, Gully doesn't have any visits scheduled nor does he really have an idea of where he will be making a trip to, but being so early in the process, this is not uncommon.  He mentioned that Nebraska has been sending him a solid amount of both informational material and handwritten letters encouraging him to excel in the off-season.  "They hope I have a good off-season, to work out and hopefully I'll go to some of their camps," said Gully.  As far as attending a camp in Lincoln, Gully said, "It's surely a possibility."

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