Over 300 skill players from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 classes made their way to Ft. Worth last Friday to participate in TCU’s skills camp which was held under the lights of Amon G. Carter stadium.
Among the impressive athletes on hand was Baton Rouge (La) University Lab cornerback Malik Antoine. The 6-foot, 180-pounder was one of the more impressive defensive backs in attendance displaying great athleticism and cover ability.
Antoine certainly caught the coaches’ attention with his performance, particularly cornerbacks coach Kenny Perry. The 2016 three-star felt he impressed the coach.
“I think I did great and I showed that I have the ability to use my technique in the drills and be the type of player Coach (Kenny) Perry wants,” he said. “He complimented me on my technique. I thought I did really great.”
The rising corner is already generating quite a bit of interest on the recruiting front. He currently has four offers and is hearing from plenty more.
As for TCU, Antoine is waiting to see if the Frogs come through with an offer. In the meantime, he’ll remain patient.
“Coach Perry told me he loves me as a player and just be patient with the process,” he said. “He likes me as a person and player and said my time will come.”
Antoine’s visit to TCU was his second time on campus; he also visited the campus last summer for a mini-camp. Antoine is looking for a program that fits his needs both academically and athletically. With TCU, he sees a good combination for both.
“I know they have an upside with academics as well as athletics and that’s something my parents stress,” he said. “TCU is the type of school that can be dominant in academics and athletics. That’s what I basically know about them.”
In addition to strong academics and tradition, Antoine is also in search of a place where he can learn from coaches who take the time to teach him about life after football. Early playing time won’t hurt either.
“I like to see coaches that are specific with details and teach kids about life outside of football and what to do when they get older,” he said. “I would also like to play early; I like coaches that get you on the field early.”