LOS ANGELES -- Blake Antzoulatos likes his linebacker style “mean and aggressive,” which explains why the West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Class of 2019 prospect went into a mugger mode in front of the volunteer coaches at The Opening Los Angeles Regional on March 12 – while facing numerous of prominent national recruits.
Antzoulatos, who measured at 6-foot-1, 200-pounds at the event, not only grabbed an interception while clad in his all-black dri-fit, he also tussled the ball away from the arms of high-profile 6-foot-5, 220-pound 2018 tight end Jake Peters (Santa Margarita (Calif.) Rancho Santa Margarita) during receiver/linebacker passing drills, turning a would-be reception from the Washington target into a defensive takeaway for the no-offer Antzoulatos at the El Camino College practice field.
It’s plays like those that drives Antzoulatos – plus inspired him to take full advantage of his invite to the renowned camp that places the best players in each region against one another, all with the desire to make a name for themselves.
“It’s an honor (to be here). This is the stuff you dream of, especially growing up. Just going against the best and I just love to compete,” Antzoulatos told Scout. “I always thought that one day I would come out here and compete against some of these athletes.”
He also wasn’t riding solo from Chaminade. Seven of his teammates from ‘The 'Nade’ rolled with him to earn their respect among the Southern California slate, plus clinch a potential spot at the national finals in Beaverton, Ore.
“It’s just icing on the cake (to be here with my team). I love my guys,” Antzoulatos said.
Antzoulatos, who will be entering his second season on varsity this fall, turned in a 4.40 shuttle run time and leaped to a 32.5 inch vertical. In shoulder pads and helmet, Antzoulatos collected a team-high 125 tackles while going against the likes of Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian, Long Beach Poly, Bakersfield and Corona (Calif.) Centennial – all of which compete in no lower than Division II in its sections.
Colleges are starting to take notice of the fast-rising Antzoulatos, including newfound interest from California.
“I’ve been talking to Tony Tuioti (the Bears' new outside linebackers coach). Cal definitely intrigues me,” Antzoulatos said. “The big thing about Cal is the great academics they have out there and the strong football.”