Player Primer: Aaron Antoniou
Montini’s 2018 OLB Aaron Antoniou had to sit out his junior year after transferring to Montini, but that didn’t stop him from visiting multiple FBS schools. We talked schools that have shown interest in him, how he’s getting ready for next season and his hungry to improve his game everyday.
You can find Aaron on Twitter @SuccessfulTwan_.
Wt: 205 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: Following your transfer, what was it like sitting out and watching your team play without being able to contribute?
AA: It wasn’t easy. I wanted to help out so badly, especially around play-off time, but sitting and watching helped me realize how much I value the game. Not being able to play made me truly recognize how much I need football in my life.
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level before next season?
AA: I am going to train like a mad man. A lot of field work, A LOT of work in the weight-room, and most importantly, training with the best talent around. Not only this, but I’m going to attend many camps, not just for colleges, but for good work and competition.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership?
AA: Both. I lead with passion, energy, and collectiveness. I try to bring together all of my teammates and their energy, so we are at our strongest. Not only that, but when people start to fall apart, that is the point where my leadership kicks in and makes sure that they get up right away. No wolves left behind.
LPI: You currently don’t have any offers, but are looking to play college ball. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
AA: I can bring a lot to a college program, that’s why not having any division 1 offers on the table makes me so hungry. My size, frame, speed, athleticism, and passion are all perfect examples of this. I’m a big, strong, and aggressive kid, with sideline to sideline speed, that would sacrifice his body for his team every play. That is what college coaches find intriguing about me.
LPI: While you had to sit out your junior year, you still made in impact as a sophomore on varsity for Hinsdale Central and as a result you still made rounds on the recruiting circuit visiting a few FBS schools. What schools have you been in touch with recently and do you have any planned visits coming up?
AA: A lot of schools have been contacting me and inviting me down to visit. I’ve been invited on visits already by Illinois, Princeton, Toledo, Dartmouth, Ball State, Central Michigan, West Virginia, UMass, Western Illinois, UNLV and Bowling Green. I will be camping with basically all of these schools (and more), and attending their junior days as well. I hope to get some offers through camping with all of these schools.