Antoine Lewis Wants To Prove Himself

Antoine Lewis (Jack Lyman)

It is easy to recognize 5-star football players. They dominate their sport while having an aura of invincibility. But since there aren't enough superstars to go around, colleges have a challenge in deciding who else can help them. If you are someone like Antoine Lewis, colleges may not even realize what you can do at your position.

Proviso East cornerback Antoine Lewis has had little opportunity to impress college coaches during his high school career because of the nature of the teams he plays against.

"In the West Suburban conference we see like 90% running teams. We play only two teams that pass the ball. It's much more difficult on film to tell what I can do in my conference. That's why I haven't blew up in the recruiting world yet."

Interviewed recently during the Scout 7 on 7 camp in Columbus, Ohio, Lewis was pleased to prove himself against a number of top receivers.

"This is great. This is a pleasure for me. Now I get to showcase what I can do because I know I can do it."

The 5'-10", 170 pound athlete feels there is a place for the small man in college football.

"I play cornerback. The modern day receivers like Kyle Prater are 6'-4" or 6'-5", and they need little quick guys like me out on the edge to contain them."

Antoine's speed is verified by his track prowess.

"Indoor, I run the 4 by 200 and 4 by 400. Outdoors, I run the 4 by 200 and 4 by 100 plus the open 200. I specialize in the 200. I went 22.1 last year as a sophomore. This year, I'm trying to make it to the finals."

Lewis knows what he wants in a college.

"I want to come in and have the best chance to compete early. Kick returns, punt returns and corner. I don't need nothing guaranteed, but to have a slight chance to compete right away. That would be ideal."

He confirmed he gave an early verbal commitment to Minnesota. But when asked whether he would still consider other schools, he gave the following response.

"You'll have to speak to my high school coach about that."

Antoine does still list several schools among those that interest him.

"Besides Minnesota, other schools that have contacted me include Western Michigan, Michigan State, Arizona, Iowa, Toledo, some MAC conference schools. Illinois has been sending me letters, but they haven't courted me hard yet.

"My coach told me I'm not at the top of their list because I play in a run-oriented league. So you really don't know what I can do until you come out here and watch me."

Illinois is limited in terms of how many athletes they can sign this year, so making a good impression at a summer camp can be a deciding factor in who gets offered scholarships and who doesn't.

"My coach said Coach(Dan)Disch wanted me to come to a one-day camp, so I'll consider coming. With scholarship numbers small, it makes a difference."

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