Junior to Watch: DB Antonio Steele

WeAreSC.com caught up with rising safety prospect Antonio Steele out of Saint Peters Chanel High School in Bedford, Ohio recently. Antonio's name is a familiar one to USC fans, as his older brother Markus was the last player at SC to wear the #55. Tony had the following update for us…

One of the players who made a significant jump at the recent Michigan Nike Camp was Antonio Steele. Steele ended up rated among the top five defensive backs at the camp even though he has not played safety previously. Tony plays outside linebacker for his high school team and had over 90 tackles and 15 sacks from that position last fall. He added 2 interceptions for All-Conference and All-District honors for his junior season. He is also scheduled to play strong safety and cornerback, depending on the opposing teams match-ups, for his senior season. His quickness and speed will be used at running back for the first time this coming season too. Tony's playing style on defense is similar to his older brother Markus in covering sideline to sideline. Markus was a 2-year starter for the Trojans after coming to USC from the junior college ranks, and was a Butkus Award candidate starting his senior year at USC before a high ankle sprain limited his playing time and effectiveness. Markus is now starting at outside linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys.

At the Michigan Nike Camp last Saturday, Steele measured out at 6' 05", 190 pounds, with a 30" vertical. He also did 14 reps of 185 pounds and had a shuttle time of 4.57 seconds. Steele runs a 4.49 forty and has a max of 450 pounds for his squat, and 290 pounds for his bench. The track team, running the 100, 4 x 100, and long jump, is currently using his speed. The main focus right now is on workouts and studying for the SAT on June 7th. Antonio expects to be fully qualified shortly.

Steele will be recruited by most schools at the strong safety spot. He has a current top 4 of USC, Pitt, Notre Dame, and Maryland. None of those schools have offered as of yet. In regards to USC specifically, Tony likes the tradition with the campus, Coliseum, Traveler, etc. He has been out to California twice while Markus was at USC, the first time while in 7th grade. USC has been a favorite ever since. He wants to major in telecommunications. Tony is very open regarding his recruitment. In lieu of this, distance will not be a factor. Antonio Steele is one to watch for the class of 2004.


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