For a college football recruit, finding the right school can be paired with plenty of uncertainty. The pressure is there to make the right decision, and it can lead to changes of heart and flips before Signing Day.
For newly-inked Stanford commit Malik Antoine, he basically had his mind made up that he will play for the Cardinal since middle school.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Looking forward to growing as a Student Athlete at Stanford University. <a href="https://t.co/cF5jvmcg9h">pic.twitter.com/cF5jvmcg9h</a></p>— ?? Malik Antoine ?? (@DBNATION2016) <a href="https://twitter.com/DBNATION2016/status/695027679486017545">February 3, 2016</a></blockquote>
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“It was surreal finally seeing that moment come through,” Antoine said. “As a young child, I was (focused) academically as well as in athletics, so I wanted to go to a place where I excel at both and be challenged at both.”
The three star recruit from Baton Rouge, LA, is among a very strong secondary group in the 2016 Stanford class, including cornerback Treyjohn Butler and recently flipped four star defensive backs Obi Eboh and Andrew Pryts, who pledged to the Cardinal Wednesday morning.
This group seems like a good fit for Antoine, whose Twitter handle is @DBNATION2016. That handle might have a literal effect on the Farm over the next few years.
“All of those guys have a certain fire and passion that we all share and I can’t wait to develop with those guys…I think we have a special group,” Antoine said. “I definitely will strive to make (the secondary) better and strive to see how far we can grow.”
Eighth grade Antoine wanted a challenge athletically, and high school senior Antoine is making sure he is ready to go when he hits the ground running this fall. The self-described “technician” will spend his time preparing his mind and body before heading off to The Farm.
“I’m definitely going to study a lot of film…over the next weeks. I’m going to try to learn the defense as soon as possible and definitely critique my technique more so I’m coming in fresh and ready to learn,” Antoine said. “I’m working on my physicality as well; it is something I want to improve on. “
And those improvements are fueled by the potential of playing for a program that has made a regular residency in the top ten.
“It’s motivating to me to be able to push myself to the next level because I need to increase my level of play, but it’s an amazing feeling to play on that level.“