Concord (Calif.) De La Salle athlete Antoine Custer’s offer from San Jose State is one of four. His other offers come by way of Idaho, Washington State and Wyoming.
“Right now, it’s still a very open decision,” Custer said. “I’m just really waiting to take some trips and seeing what school I like. I’m really open right now though. I don’t have a top school.”
The three-star talent is listed as an athlete as he has been offered at different positions already. Idaho, San Jose State and Washington State have offered him at running back, while his first offer from Wyoming was at defensive back.
“I think one of my strengths is my vision and I hit the hole hard because that’s what I’ve been taught since I was young - to hit the hole hard and low with good pad level,” Custer said. “I can play multiple positions, I can go to the slot and catch the ball. I can play defense too. Just put me anywhere and I feel like I can do something special.”
Custer said he is focused primarily on those four schools as no other programs appear to be close to the point of offering. He plans on taking official visits to all four of the schools he has been offered by.
“I’m just seeing if I get any more after my football season, then I’ll see what those schools are and if I have any more visits to take,” Custer said. “Now I’m looking at taking my visits to the four schools that have offered.”
His recruitment with San Jose State started over the summer when he attended an SJSU camp in Sacramento. It was the only camp he attended this summer. He has maintained contact with two assistants on the Spartans’ staff since.
“I’ve been talking with coach Rolin and coach Jones,” Custer said. “When they recruited me, it was great. It’s like right at home. It’s California and not too far away from home. It was awesome. I like how they’ve told me it’s in my backyard, it’s close so a lot of family can come by.”
Custer’s hometown is only about a 45 minute drive from the SJSU campus. Last year, he attended the Spartans’ game against Hawaii.
“I went to one of their games when they played Hawaii and I went with my coach in the summer last year,” Custer said. “That was nice. The facilities and the field. The jerseys were nice. The campus looked nice. The atmosphere of the game was really exciting. I liked how the stadium was built for the Spartans, it’s got that old school feel to it.”
When it comes to making a decision, comfortability will be the primary factor. The Bay Area weather may even play a role.
“How would I fit there for the next four years, the football program, the coaching staffs, and how the weather is,” Custer listed as his priorities. “Somewhere I can fit in and not regret it.”
“That’s the only thing about those other schools, the weather. I’m from California. We don’t really get that much cold. Going there, that would be a big difference. It might work. I always liked the snow a little bit. It would just be a big difference to get used to.”