Over the weekend, Belle Chasse (La.) rising senior Quadry Antoine attended Mississippi State's camp and brought his family with him on the trip. Antoine said he got that "comfortable feeling" at MSU and that led to his commitment to the Bulldogs on Monday night.
Antoine becomes MSU's fourth commitment for the Class of 2012 and the first out-of-state commitment for the Bulldogs.
"I called Coach Greg Knox tonight around 8:30 to talk to him and he was around Coach Dan Mullen at that time," said the 6-foot-2 and 213-pound Antoine. "I told Coach Knox as soon as I came there the other day, I knew I was comfortable at Mississippi State. I felt that is where I belonged and their staff reminds me of my high school staff.
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"So Coach Mullen told me if I knew what committing meant and that it meant that I didn't need to take any more recruiting trips or go to any more camps. I told him 'yes sir' and I wanted to be a Bulldogs. He then told me 'welcome to the Bulldog family'."
And Antoine said his family was just as excited with his news.
"My family was real happy and my younger brothers were very excited," said Antoine. "My mom and dad told me it was my decision the entire time. But when I finally called Coach Mullen, my dad said deep down inside that Mississippi State is where he wanted me to go."
Last year Antoine had 67 tackles with two sacks and seven tackles for loss en route to all-area honors. He also had other offers from Arkansas, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Southern Miss, Florida International and Memphis among others.
Antoine will also graduate high school in December and will open his MSU career in January of 2012.
"Coach Knox told me they wanted me as a safety and said last Saturday I was the top safety on their board," said Antoine. "Some schools have mentioned me playing like a rover or a linebacker but MSU likes me at safety."
With his decision behind him, Antoine said he can now focus on finishing out his prep career with no added recruiting pressure.
"It is a big relief," said Antoine. "I am not saying anything bad about other schools but if I had gone on more trips, recruiting can get confusing at times. But I was fortunate to find my comfortable spot and fortunate to find my new home. Now I can focus on my high school career and I know where my future is. I am glad to say I am a Bulldog and I am going to the place I want to go to."