DT Israel Antwine out of Oklahoma City visited Ole Miss with his father in April. It didn’t take him long after that trip to realize where he wanted to spend his next four to five years in college.
Israel Antwine and his father visited Ole Miss in April. They left with a good feeling about the Rebels.
"It wasn’t just the football program," Antwine said. "We got a chance to meet all of the coaches, and we just all clicked. It’s an honor to call coach (Hugh) Freeze my future head coach. We sat down with coach (Freddie) Roach. He explained how he runs his defense. We talked about why he came to Ole Miss. When my father and I were driving back home we said that’s the school for me."
Israel and his father decided that it was time to let the Ole Miss coaches know of their decision today.
"I committed around an hour ago. Me and my dad contacted coach Freeze and told him we were ready to make it public. He said it was an honor to not only get a great player; he was getting an even better person that fits into their program. I spoke to coach Roach before I informed coach Freeze. I told him I was ready to make it public. He was really excited too. Coach Roach said he was ready to get me back down there for a visit. I’ll definitely be coming back down to Oxford quite often now."
What gave Ole Miss the edge after collecting offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU and many more?
"It just seemed like to me and my dad after we took that trip that they had the best program to help get me to the NFL one day. We loved their campus. It’s beautiful, and I love their football program. I’ve been watching Ole Miss since I got in high school. I love how they play defense. I love the Landshark mentality."
When asked about the team that came in second place; Antwine couldn’t think of one.
"To be honest, me and my dad didn’t even think about that. We were just focused on Ole Miss after our trip there. We knew which school was best for me. I just wanted to get through spring practice to make it public."
The 6-foot-4, 295-pound defensive tackle feels like he’ll be a big addition to the Ole Miss defensive line.
"I feel like I can blow through the offensive line and cause havoc in the backfield. I’m a whole another person when I get out on the field. My coaches and teammates are always trying to play tricks on me before games. They are trying to get me mad. I bring power and explosiveness to the table. I was named the Oklahoma Mid Season Player of the Year and made 1st Team All-State last season. I think I’m a playmaker on the defensive line. I get to the quarterback a lot."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org