2011 Prospect Profile: LB Antoine Pozniak

Antione Pozniak-LB-6'3" 215
Oakridge Military Academy, Oak Ridge NC
4.5, 40 yard-dash
Offers: Illinois

Interests: LSU, Miami, Tennesee, South Carolina, Michigan, Rutgers, NC State, Cal, Alabama, Florida


Prep: (FR) No stats reported (SO) 90 tackles, 4 sacks. (JR) 154 tackles, 2 INT, 2 sacks and 4 forced fumbles

Intro: Don’t be fooled into thinking Antoine Pozniak is not a legitimate Division 1 prospect just because he is attending a prep school. Antoine stepped onto the recruiting scene a little late last year and now has the benefit of an extra year to find a school that is a perfect fit. Antoine carries a 2.7 GPA and would like to be able to work with children after he graduates from college. Working with children will allow Antoine to accomplish his future goal of being a successful person and making a difference. Growing up he watched Brian Cushing so closely he now compares his own playmaking abilities to that of Cushing’s. Antoine is working hard preparing for the upcoming season by getting better and attending such camps as Football University (PA), Top Gun, Under Armour combine and the National Underclassmen Combine. Antoine can’t wait for the upcoming season. He is most looking forward to “playing in a 3-4 (defense) and dominating trying to win it all!” He may be focused on the next-level but he will never forget the great times during his high school football career, “playing an entire second half cramped on and when we needed the onside recovery, recovering it. Also, just making big time plays to win games. It's nice to take over games and being accounted for every play.” Antoine has taken unofficial visits to South Carolina, Southern Cal and LSU. Antoine would like to enroll early and says distance is not a factor in his decision of which school to attend. “Leadership, tremendous attitude, and raise the level of play of those around me” are attributes Antoine feels he can bring to the collegiate level.

Analysis: Antoine plays with a high-motor. In just his JR year alone he recorded 154 tackles. A great attribute to Antoine’s play is his ability to cover the field sideline-to-sideline. He has the speed and athleticism to be able to drop back into coverage and the strength and size to be an effective run-stopper. If not properly blocked he has the ability to beat opposing lineman with a quick first and the athleticism to maneuver around and locate the ball carrier. Antoine plays with high drive. He is the type of linebacker that takes charge and plays hard on every play. He has the experience playing down on the defensive line, as well as, standing up at the linebacker spot. Antoine is a determined player who understands what aspects of his game he needs to improve on, “foot work, getting off of blocks by punching and using hands because in college you will never make a lay taking on blocks with your shoulders, and just being more physical at the point of attack.”


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