UP NEXT: '16 Westside TE Antonio Lomax

College coaches looking to unearth a "diamond in the rough" should take a look at 2016 Westside tight end Antonio Lomax. The 6'3 225 pound prospect doesn't have a ton of film because last season was his first year playing football but taking home the "Hands Award" at the Palmetto State Showdown 7on7 he looked like a man-child with a dominating showing. He's "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com!

Antonio Lomax Profile

Lomax caught our eye and the attention of Westside opponents during the event. He'd torch defenses with his size, hands, and sheer bully-type style of play. The more we saw him the more we loved his skill set. He didn't play much early during his junior season but it was his first time playing football. This off season he's sped up the process in regards to his skill level and confidence. He looked like a seasoned prospect who was toying with his opposition during the Palmetto State Showdown 7on7 event. Lomax would go on to win the "Hands Award" for his team at the event as they would win the championship over host Byrnes.

"I got into the starting lineup halfway through the season last year. I ended up with 24 receptions for over 300 yards and 4 touchdowns."

As we mentioned before this is going to be Lomax's second year of playing football. He has yet to hear from any schools thus far but should he start out fast and play even close to the way he did at the PSS 7on7 that will change in a hurry.

The 6'3 225 pound prospect broke down his strengths and areas for improvement.

"I think my hands, size, strength, ability to run routes, and being able to make catches in traffic are all strengths of mine right now. I feel as though my blocking abilities needs a little bit more work to get better. I'd also like to become more precise with my route running and just staying consistent with catching the ball."

Although he has yet to hear from any schools he shared some schools that he'd love to hear more from once the season starts and hopefully he has some eye opening film for coaches to evaluate.

"Clemson because the tight ends coach has had conversations with my head coach about me. Other schools that I would like to hear from are North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida."

We asked the 2016 prospect if he liked to watch any particular tight end prospects or pattern his game after anyone and he had a pair of players he talked about.

"Eric Ebron when he played for North Carolina and Rob Gronkowski. I based my game off of them and how they play the game."

Given what we saw of him at the PSS 7on7 it's easy to see very similar traits compared to both players he mentioned. Lomax uses that 6'3 225 pound frame to his advantage and plays with a flair or swag that you don't often see from tight ends in the high school ranks. We say his play on the field is similar to iconic "Deebo" character from the film "Friday". It's a lot of "bully-ball" but he makes it look easy and in doing so he got into the heads of his opponents all during the PSS 7on7 event. Opposing coaches, players, and fans all were leery of "number 86" because they knew how good he was playing.

Lomax talked about his play at the PSS 7on7 and taking home the "Hands Award" for his team en route to winning the championship. We asked him if he was pleased with his performance as well?

"Yes sir I was. I have to give thanks to my strength coaches for improving my speed and strength for my success that I had at the Byrnes 7on7."

The 2016 prospect also talked about his goals for next season and a game that he's really looking forward to playing as well.

"My first goal is to have an undefeated season and win the state championship. Then as far as awards I'd like to win best tight end in the state or nation and then go to a division one school."

"I'm looking forward to the Hillcrest game because it's like a new rival for Westside and they have been sitting at the top for the longest and it's time to crown the real Rams!"

He had a quick message for all Westside High fans and potential college coaches also.

"I just want everybody to come watch the Westside Rams on our journey to perfection and winning a state title!"

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS...ANTONIO LOMAX
Bench press: 235 pounds
Squat: 400 pounds
Power clean: 265 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.7 seconds

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