SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Concord (Calif.) De La Salle may produce linemen, linebackers and defensive backs galore, but it’s been a while since the Spartans produced a breakout running back. Three De La Salle running backs have signed with Pac-12 programs over the past 22 years, the first being Maurice Jones-Drew -- who’s had a long, illustrious career in the NFL – as well as Kylan Butler (Arizona, 2009) and Oregon State’s NFL hopeful Terron Ward.
They all have one common thread: They were all 5-foot-9 or shorter when they signed. East Bay Player of the Year Antoine Custer stands 5-foot-8, and weighs in at 185 pounds, and he has been getting some big-time looks, from Michigan, the Beavers, Nevada and Nebraska, all of whom have come by the school.
Last season, Custer finished with 1,942 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns, also playing defensive back when he wasn’t running the ball. He now has 3,083 career rushing yards, and he has no intention of slowing down just yet.
“I can play multiple positions, so I can play any skill position on the field [at the next level], and next year, I’m looking to improve,” he said. “I can get a little bit more yards, and make sure I get all-state again.”
Custer has seen his recruiting interest edge up since the end of the season, but there are schools he’d still like to hear from.
“Most of the Pac-12, to be honest with you, like UCLA, USC, Oregon, a lot of those schools,” he said.
As he recovers from a hamstring injury suffered earlier this month, Custer wants to improve on his best track times from a year ago, particularly his 11.2 100-meter time.
“At least 10.9, 10.8, in that area, so when I get on the field, I can be faster than most people on the field,” Custer said. “On the field, I’m more quick than fast, if anything. I can get from A to B faster than I can get from A to C.”