Going to be a Tiger!!

Michael Antonescu (OL, Ridgeland, MS) - Michael went to his mother's grave this afternoon to do a little praying about where he wanted to spend his next four to five years.

"Earlier today, I drove down to Greenwood (MS), and with the guidance from my mother, I choose to play with Memphis. I plan on signing with Memphis on Wednesday," added the articulate Michael Antonescu.

The 6' 3", 285 pounder further explained why he choose Memphis.

"I feel like it is the closest thing to home. I like all of the guys there. Me and Mathew Malouf, Turner West, and Dallas Walker all hung out while I was on my official visit. We just clicked. Everybody in Conference USA can offer you early playing time, grades, and academics, but what separates Memphis is their staff. Even though they lost a couple of their assistants to UAB, they have the best staff in Conference USA. They are also bringing in the talent it takes to win year in and year out. I am just ready to join the fun."

There was also another motivation in Michael's decision.

"I always wanted to stay inside Mississippi, but when they did not want me, it put a chip on my shoulder. I get to play Ole Miss, MSU, and USM every year now. That is another reason I am excited to play for Memphis. I want to show them what they are missing."

Antonescu was offered by Tulane, USM, Marshall, UAB, and Memphis before choosing the Tigers.

He was named as one of the Top 25 Most Wanted Recruits in the State of Mississippi by the Clarion Ledger and made 1st Team All-State, Conference, and Division.

Michael carries a 3.7 GPA / 24 ACT.

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