Jackson (MI) quarterback/athlete Antonio Bass has seen his stock rise over the spring and summer even higher than it already was. Bass has received many offers with the most recent being from LSU and Southern California.
“Coach Saban called this summer and said LSU was offering,” Jackson Head Coach Jack Fairly said. “Antonio’s Mom told me the other day that USC had offered also. Antonio’s got a lot of offers right now.”
One of the primary reasons for Bass’ large amount of scholarship offers is his tremendous athleticism. At 6-1, 194-pounds, he runs a legit 4.4 in the 40 yard dash. He is talented enough to play on either side of the football. In addition to his athletic abilities, Bass also shows leadership ability and tremendous work ethic.
“Antonio’s done a great job leading our kids in the summer passing league,” Fairly said. “Antonio had a strong passing league performance. He’s improved a lot. His arm is in good shape. He also played free safety for us and he looks very good. He’s going to help anchor the secondary this year.”
Bass used the off-season to further develop his drop-back passing skills, and it appears to have worked well.
“He’s worked really hard to develop his drop-back passing skills,” Fairly said. “He always could sprint out and throw on the run but he had a hitch in his throw that hurt his ability as a drop-back passer. That appears to be gone right now. He’s really improved his quarterback technique.”
Recruiting-wise, Bass may officially narrow his list next month. According to Fairly, Bass may have a few schools at the top but is not letting on to any one favorite.
“He’s no closer to telling me,” Fairly said when asked if Bass had any favorites. “Well I think he is, but he’s not ready to make a commitment or anything like that. His Mom wants him to trim his list to 5 schools before school starts.”
Fairly did speculate as to who he thinks is in his star athlete’s top tier. One would be the home-state Michigan Wolverines.
“I’d say Michigan is probably in his top 2,” Fairly said. “They are certainly so close to home. They have a quality program. Coach Carr assured Antonio that, if he wanted to play quarterback, they would let him try. Coach Carr said they wouldn’t stand in the way of him trying out for quarterback but he also said they feel he’d be a better receiver or cornerback for them. Coach Carr’s been honest from the very beginning.”
Virginia Tech, Michigan State, and Florida are other schools likely at the top.
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