DeSoto (Texas) running back Antoinne Jimmerson may have been a bit overlooked as his team had one of the top passing offenses in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. However, colleges started taking notice of him as of late.
Last weekend the 5-foot-9, 191-pound Jimmerson took an official visit to Iowa. He was hoping for an offer from the Hawkeyes but it did not end up coming through. He then decided to attend school closer to home.
"I committed to North Texas," Jimmerson said on Thursday evening. "I just did it today."
Jimmerson was able to tell new head coach Dan McCarney of his intentions to sign with the Mean Green.
"I talked to coach McCarney, the head coach, and coach (Mike) Grant, my running back coach," he said. "I told them that's where I wanted to go. They were happy and said it made their day."
Jimmerson says the coaches played a large role in why he chose to commit.
"I thought it was the best fit," he said. "It felt like it was going to be at home. I like the coaches we have. We have a good bond."
This weekend Jimmerson will make the short trek to the Denton campus for an official visit. He has a few goals for the trip.
"I want to have fun for sure," he said. "I also want to look at the business school that they just built. It's a 70 million dollar business school that I want to be in. I'll get a chance to hang out with my future teammates too."
The North Texas campus is located about an hour from Jimmerson's home. While he says his family is happy about his decision, they would have supported him no matter where he chose to go to school.
"My mom and my brother are going with me this weekend," he said. "They were going to watch me wherever I went. They would have come and flown out and they just told me to pick what was best for me. I'm sure they're happier it's closer to home though."
Jimmerson rushed for 714 yards and eight touchdowns on 105 carries this year as he helped DeSoto make a deep playoff run. He also caught eight passes for 156 yards and another score.