Louisiana athlete Jermaine Antoine has committed to UNT.
Antoine, who is ranked among the top athletes in Louisiana, confirmed early Wednesday afternoon that he had ended his recruiting process and will sign with UNT on Feb. 6.
Antoine was set to visit TCU this weekend, but will not take that trip. TCU had not offered Antoine a scholarship, but Texas A&M, Western Kentucky and Louisiana-Lafayette were among the schools that had offered him a spot in their signing classes.
Rivals.com has Antoine ranked No. 32 among players being recruited as athletes in Louisiana.
“My relationship with the coaches was the big reason,” Antoine said of his reason for picking UNT. “It just felt right. They had been recruiting me for a long time. Why not go there and try to make a difference?”
Some schools were recruiting Antoine as a wide receiver, others as a defensive back. UNT plans to play Antoine at cornerback, a position he played at times at Loreauville, where he was an all-state running back.
UNT cornerbacks coach Justin Gaines began recruiting Antoine in the spring and developed a relationship with him over the last few months.
UNT head coach Dan McCarney said throughout last season that he wanted to see improvement from his defensive secondary that struggled at times last season. Antoine is the fourth player UNT has received a commitment from in the Class of 2013 who is projected to play in the secondary.
Several of those players are expected to compete for starting jobs right away. Antoine expects to be one of them.
“I am going to come in and try to compete for a starting job right away,” Antoine said. “I am ready to play.”
Check tomorrow’s paper for more on Antoine.