Concord (Calif.) De La Salle running back Antoine Custer (5-9, 185), was one of the most productive backs in California in 2014.
The three-star ran for 1,949 yards and 24 touchdowns and helped the Spartans re-capture the CIF State Open Division title after coming up short in 2013.
Custer is looking for his first offer and thinks being a part of the vaunted Spartans system could be a reason why things are slower than he thought they would be.
“It’s hard because schools know we have a good line so I feel they think that’s why I’m getting my yards, but I’m really a good runner,” said Custer. “I understand though and schools want to see what I can do in the open field, how I catch the ball and even on defense.”
Custer said he’s hearing from a ton of Pac-12 schools and Mountain West programs, with Utah the Pac-12 school he’s talking with the most.
He’ll visit the L.A. schools next month.
Custer is coached and trained by former DLS legend Maurice Jones-Drew, who starred at UCLA, with his 7v7 team Kenion Training.
“It’s awesome having Maurice coaching me up,” said Custer. “He tells me all the tips and all of the things he went through. Working with him is making me a better running back.”
And one of Jones-Drew's running backs coaches in the NFL was UCLA running back coach Kennedy Polamalu.
"I know Maurice has been talking to Coach Polamalu about him and Coach Polamalu likes him and wants to see him in the spring," said his 7v7 coach Nathan Kenion.
“I know that helps a lot because when coaches come to look at them, I think they’ll get a chance to look at me too,” said Custer.
Custer visited Cal for their Junior Day and he’s fond of the hometown Bears.
“Cal was nice, really nice in fact and I loved it there because I live in Berkeley,” said Custer.
Custer said he’s open to everyone and doesn’t have a childhood favorite.