Jackson (MI) athlete Antonio Bass will be making a visit to the University of Florida this week, according to Jackson Head Coach Jack Fairly. Bass and the rest of his family are on vacation in Florida and will make a visit up to Gainesville.
The next scheduled trip for Bass will likely be to Virginia Tech’s summer camp on July 10th.
“In the last conversation I had with Antonio, he had chosen not to go to the University of Miami on a visit,” Fairly said. “I think it was more of a money issue than anything. He just left for Orlando for vacation with his family. They are going to rent a car and drive up to Gainesville for a quick trip to see the University of Florida’s grounds while they are there.
“On July 10th, Antonio is going to a one-day camp at Virginia Tech. He has never met Coach Beamer and he’s looking forward to that. I offered to drive him there because I’m anxious to see Virginia Tech. We’ll probably drive down on the 9th and come back that Sunday.”
Bass may make a few more unofficial visits this summer, however nothing more has been planned. Notre Dame and Nebraska are two possible destinations.
“Our goal this summer is to make as many unofficial visits as we can,” Fairly said. “There are one’s close by like Purdue, but I don’t know if we’ll go there. Possibly Notre Dame, possibly Nebraska. And on the trip to Virginia Tech, he may stop by UNC. I’m not sure. I don’t know if he’s planning on making a decision by the end of the summer, but my preference is that he can so he can relieve a lot of stress heading into his senior year.”
With his 6-1, 194 pound frame, 4.4 speed in the 40, and tremendous overall athleticism, Bass has earned 24 scholarship offers. Some schools are recruiting him as a wide receiver, some as a defensive back, and a few as a quarterback. Playing quarterback is a preference for Bass, however it might not be enough of a factor to sway his decision.
“I think he’d like to play quarterback,” Fairly said. “He sees playing quarterback as a challenge. Last year was his first full year as a quarterback, and I think his true calling is as a option-type quarterback. But he also talks about Nebraska a lot, and they are recruiting him as a wide receiver. And coaching staff is very important to him. If it came down to it, I think he’s the type of kid who would choose the coaching staff over what position he would play.”
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