One of the fast rising athletes in the state of Virginia’s 2009 class is Deep Run’s (Glen Allen, VA) Antone Exum . At 6-0, 210 pounds, the Wildcats standout runs a sub-4.5 40-yard dash and has the versatility to play several positions on the next level. He played defensive back this past season but primarily served as the starting quarterback, totaling 1,518 yards (860 passing, 658 rushing) and scoring 25 touchdowns (13 rushing, 12 passing) on the year.
Now up to five official Division 1A scholarship offers including Duke, Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and West Virginia, Exum reflected on receiving his first official offer in early February.
“I was excited,” Exum said of receiving his first offer, which was from Virginia Tech. “[Deep Run Head] Coach Kendall had told me to wait until after Signing Day. After that, he said things would start to skyrocket. I trusted that. I think it was the day after Signing Day that I got an offer. I was excited because I had been waiting for it. My teammate, Jake Snyder, had already been offered. We were getting the same type of looks, so I was just waiting.”
Virginia Tech likes the athletic junior as a defensive back with safety being the initial preference. UVa sees him as a wide receiver or defensive back. West Virginia is recruiting him as a quarterback/athlete that could “play any position I wanted.”
Exum believes he could play quarterback on the next level, although he is open to other possibilities.
“My personal preference is still to play quarterback,” Exum said. “A lot of schools are looking at me for a lot of different spots, so I’m open to what everybody thinks I could play and what they want me to play. As far as position being a factor, if I decide quarterback is what I want to play I will sit down and look at the schools that will give me the opportunity to play quarterback. Right now, I’m open to any school and any position.”
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