BERKELEY, Calif. -- Concord (Calif.) De La Salle running back Antoine Custer may be the engine that makes the Spartan run game go, but two months ago, he got his first scholarship offer … as a defensive back, from Wyoming.
On Saturday, Custer – who has since added offers from Idaho, San Jose State and Washington State – showed just why some programs are looking at the 5-foot-8.5, 176-pounder as a defender, tallying a pick-six against TMP Elite’s talented 2017 quarterback Aidan Willard in a practice session for top Bay Area 7-on-7 teams at California Memorial Stadium.
“Washington State, San Jose State and Idaho are showing some love,” says Custer, who was elated when the Cowboys pulled the trigger to get him on the offer board. “It was relief, honestly. It’s been patience. You wonder if you’re going to get one or not, and then the first one comes, and you feel more relaxed and more focused.”
Custer hasn’t been out to Wyoming yet, but he wants to go check out the school that gave him his first offer. Right now, though, he’s concentrating on bringing another state title back to De La Salle.
“We’ve got to repeat,” Custer says. “The goal is to go undefeated, win state, end my senior season well. A personal goal is just to be better than I was last year – more yards, more tackles, everything.”
Though the Cowboys offered him as a corner, his other suitors are interested in Custer as a running back, and for good reason. Despite his size, Custer toted the rock 186 times for 1,949 yards and 24 touchdowns, with 10 games of 100 or more rushing yards. On defense, Custer tallied 23 tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks for seven yards, with two pass deflections.
“I’ll play running back, I’ll play anything, honestly,” says Custer. “Whatever it takes.”