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Virginia junior hopes to play near home

The Stafford (Va.) North Stafford offensive line has excelled over the last several seasons, due in part to the efforts of junior Antonio North. The 6-foot-4,
280-pound offensive guard runs the 40-yard dash in 5.2 seconds, bench presses 350 pounds and squat 415 pounds, and said he wants to play his college ball close to home.
A three year starter at offensive guard, North was recently named to the first team all-district and second team all-division teams. He earned the same honors at the conclusion of his sophomore season.
North is originally from Tennessee so he grew up cheering for the Titans and Vols, but said he really doesn’t have a favorite now. Virginia, BC, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, NC State, and Maryland are the schools showing him the most early interest and all are schools he is considering. He has several things he is looking for at the next level.
“Just whatever is out there for me,” he commented. “A good education, to play football, and to have fun. Just a nice school.”
Although he was unable to attend any camps last summer, he has made his rounds of the local colleges this fall. He attended the Tennessee – South Carolina, Virginia Tech – Miami, Maryland – Virginia, NC State – Maryland, and Virginia – Virginia Tech games over the course of the season.
“I try to lead and do what I can to help the team,” Antonio commented. “I guess you could say I am a team player. I do what I am told, and I do the best I can.” Virginia Tech’s senior center Jake Grove is the player he looks up to.
North projects as a full qualifier and maintains a ‘B’ average.