A mainstay in the Pine Bluff High Zebras’ football secondary, senior Antonio Snow signed his letter of intent Wednesday to further his playing career at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.
Snow recapped his time as a Zebra by reflecting on the family atmosphere within the program, and how their bond as a team led to success on the field throughout his high school career.
"It's just been all love, hard working, great friendship and chemistry with all my teammates," Snow said. "All of our coaches push us hard and we work as a team. We didn't have any superstars, we just brought that team effort and I'll forever have a love for the Zebras."
Pine Bluff Head Coach Bobby Bolding has had Snow in the program since he was in the seventh grade. From the seventh-12th grade, Snow played in the secondary, and Bolding is certain that the experience he has playing in the back end will make for a smooth transition to the Division II level.
"He's started the last two years," Bolding said. "He played the same position since seventh grade, so he was pretty dead on with what we were doing with all that experience he had. He has great ball skills, and him being on the basketball team tells you a lot about him athletically. I think he's going to be a great player on that level."
Not only will his experience be beneficial for him, Snow has the measurables to be an effective corner back at that level. Also, according to Bolding, he's a kid that a coach doesn’t have to worry about getting into any trouble off of the field.
"He's an extremely low maintenance guy to coach," Bolding said. "He always works hard, he never gets in trouble in class, and he handles his grades. When you coach him hard, he doesn't get in his feelings. He's nice and long, 5'11, for a D2 corner that's nice size, so he has a bright future ahead of him."
The recruiting process picked up late for Snow, and when he went on his visit to UAM he was sold on the same principles that he experienced as a Zebras as far as the family atmosphere.
"When I went up there and got a chance to talk to players I felt comfortable as if I was on the team from the way we were interacting," Snow said. "They love playing with each other and it seems like they have great chemistry."
UAM Head Coach Hud Jackson hasn't ruled out the possibility that Snow will be able to come in an contribute right away. Getting bigger, and putting on more muscle will be a big part in Snow's playing time as a frosh.
"He's said that I'll have a chance to come in and play for him," Snow said of Jackson. "I just need to get my weight up and I'll be ready to play."
Snow finished the 2017 Pine Bluff Zebras season with 17.5 tackles, 16 solo, and 20 pass break ups.
Singleton finished his senior season with 103 tackles, 69 solo, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 11 pass break ups.