Antoine Sets The Tone

December 27, 2011

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Quadry Antoine

Quadry Antoine

Quadry Antoine is one of the Mississippi State commitments that has the Bulldog fan base excited. He has the ability to lay the big hit and make opponents fear him. The Belle Chasse, Louisiana product committed back over the summer, and he stayed firm even after the Mullen to Penn State chatter. Antoine has a chance to play as a true freshman with the Bulldogs losing two senior safeties.

I caught up with Antoine to discuss his early commitment, hard-hitting style, and future at Mississippi State.

The first thing I wanted to discuss with Antoine was why he chose Mississippi State and how he felt about receiving little interest from LSU.

“I really wanted the chance to play close to home—I’m from Louisiana. It was the SEC, and I wanted my parents to come watch me play. When I went up there, I fell in love with the place. So, that’s why I chose to commit so early,” said Antoine.

“It was a little bit playing time. I knew they had Charles Mitchell and Wade Bonner leaving. So, with those two guys leaving, I knew I had a chance to go in this summer, and, depending on how fast I learn the defense, actually have a shot of playing as a true freshman. On another note — the SEC — you can’t go wrong. I know I had a chance to go in as a true freshman and show the coaches what I am capable of doing on the football field,” said Antoine.

“Yeah, I wasn’t that disappointed.  Considering I’m a hometown boy, I thought they would show some type of interest. They recruited me for like a week.  It kind of was a disappointment, but then you got to suck it up, and life goes on, and you take what’s given to you. I just made the decision to go to State [Mississippi State] and show LSU what they missed out on. Hopefully next year when we play against them, I play and have a big game,” said Antoine.

The hard-hitting safety put the recruiting process behind him and concentrated on his Senior season. He had a great personal season with 74 tackles and nine tackles for loss — he also forced three fumbles. His team went 7-4 and was put out in the first round of the playoffs.

“This year I really wanted to win the State championship my Senior year, because I won it my freshman year. We didn’t get to that ultimate goal but a couple of my personal goals I reached — I finally got second in the school history for tackles. I made the All-Metro team and All-State”.

Antoine, now that his high school career has ended, is concentrating on his college future. The hybrid safety discussed what his role will be as a true freshman.

“Pretty much a hybrid. The way they run their defense — it’s a multiple package defense. Just talking with them, they say I can come into the box in some packages for run support and drop back in pass support,” said Antoine.

The reason Antoine can play as a true freshman is because he can lay the lumber, and because he knows when to do it. He knows when to do it, because the young safety is a student of the game.

“Yeah, I think everyone is amazed by the ooh’s and ahh’s; they don’t understand why I’ve gotten those licks. My coach and my dad always told me I have to be a student of the game. So, after every practice, I was in the film room. I know in certain formations what’s coming and not coming. That’s where a lot of my big hits come from — being in the right place at the right time. Most of my big hits come early in the game, so I can set the tone, but when it comes down to that last play in the first quarter, and we’re tied or up to put the game away, I take that interception instead of that big hit. Even if I take the big hit, he couldn’t hold onto the ball. I’m a set-the-tone guy, but I know when to set the tone and when not to set the tone,” said Antoine.

Antoine has drawn comparisons to current Bulldog safety Nickoe Whitley, and he is flattered by the comparison. He plans to meet him on his official visit.

“I like the fact that they do, because hopefully me and Nickoe playing back there together can have one of the most feared secondaries in college football. The fact that you have two safeties who are not afraid to hit — that would bring a lot of pressure on offensive coordinators. I like that I’m compared to him, and a couple of coaches had already compared me to Nickoe. He’s a bigger body — like 6’2 — and I’m only 6’0, but I have no problem with that. I can see myself being a guy like that,” said Antoine.

“I haven’t had a chance to talk to him. I’m taking my official visit January 21st and 22nd, and my recruiting coach wants to get where me and Nickoe can meet each other, talk, and go over things.”

The underrated safety can set the tone, but there are areas of his game he feels that can be improved upon.

“I need to work on my coverage skills a little bit more, because I know that’s one of my weak points. I’m not one of the best coverage guys on the field—my coverage skills and my speed. I’m not saying my coverage skills are all poor—I can get burnt occasionally, so I need to work on that a little bit more. Everything else is just playing football to me,” said Antoine.

Antoine is firm in his commitment to Mississippi State, but there have been some recent suitors for his services. It was mainly because Mullen was being mentioned as a candidate to replace Joe Paterno at Penn State. The talk died down after a few days after Mullen stated many times that he wasn’t interested.

“Now I know I can trust Coach Mullen. When he told me he wasn’t leaving, I was a little skeptical about it. Oklahoma State and other schools had started to recruit me. A lot of them try to put doubt in your mind, and I’m not saying Oklahoma State and Arizona State are bad schools. They kind of had me on the edge, like if Coach Mullen did leave, I have this school to fall back on. But now that he is staying, I know that he is going to be there for a while, and I’m going to be coached by the guy who recruited me,” said Antoine.

Antoine is solid in his commitment as a Bulldog and seems excited about his Bulldog future.  He told me what the Bulldog fans should expect from him to end the interview.

“That I play my heart out, and I’m going to back State up. They better be ready, because I’m coming in to set a tone. Hopefully we can get to the SEC championship.”

@JeremiahShort26

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One Comment on “Antoine Sets The Tone”

  1. Kevin Says:

    Good story!

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