Antonio Nelson is a 5’10”, 190 pound, class of 2025 MLB/WR who plays for North Caddo High School in Vivian, Louisiana. Antonio primarily plays defense, and racked up 46 tackles for North Caddo, plus an interception, a scoop-and-score, a kickoff return for a touchdown, and a slew of sacks last season. Antonio is a really quick and athletic linebacker who bends really well when rushing the passer. He runs a 4.59 40-yard dash time, a 4.75 second shuttle, and being able to jump 8’1″ in the long jump. These numbers were recorded at our most recent camp in Rayville, Louisiana, where Antonio was one of the participants who stood out the most, between his combine drill times and his play in the 1v1 and 7v7 aspects of the camp. Antonio has a 3.4 GPA, and this will allow him the opportunity to become a second-generation college football player, as his father played for Louisiana Tech. Antonio currently holds two offers, one from the Howard Huskies, a prep school in Cleveland, Ohio, and the other being from Oklahoma City Community College. Antonio has two more seasons of high school football left to earn more offers as well.
I had the chance to interview Antonio:
Why and at what age did you start playing football?
“The reason I played football, starting at 7 years old, is because I love the sport of football; it’s been my dream.”
Have you always played your current position, or did you play a different position growing up?
“I played different positions until I got to high school, then I started to play MLB and WR.”
What sets you apart from everyone else on the field?
“My work ethic, my speed, and I am more versatile than others, plus my leadership.”
What is your favorite accomplishment so far in your football career?
“When we played a team and there was an onside kick, and I returned it for a touchdown.”
How do you balance athletics and academics?
“I take most of my time and put it into academics because without that I wouldn’t have a reason to enter myself in athletics.”
Is there a certain player you try to model your game after?
How do you stay physically fit outside of football?
“I do a variety of different workouts that not only improve my body, but also help me perfect my craft.”
What are you hoping to achieve in this upcoming season?
“I am looking forward to achieving over 750 yards receiving.”
What is your end goal for your football career?
“I would say that my end goal is making it into the hall of fame.”
What is the most important lesson you’ve learned playing football?
“What I learned is never to be afraid of your enemies.”
How do you prepare for big games?
“I get by my self and I listen to my music, like Lil Baby.”
Lastly, who is the biggest role model in your life?
“My Dad, and my mom, and my papa.”