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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Antonio Shenault Commits

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Minnesota lands a 3 star defensive back from Illinois with shades of playmaker Briean Boddy-Calhoun.

Cooper Neill

Hey guys why are recruiting so many defensive baWOW WE'RE LOSING A TON OF DBS THE NEXT TWO YEARS.

Shenault may not be as quick or fast as BBC, but he shares the same ability to be around receivers all the time, limit YAC, make outstanding pass breakups and play physical against the run.


Roseville (IL) Lake Park HS cornerback Antonio Shenault verbally committed to Minnesota this afternoon becoming the 5th prospect from Illinois in the current cycle (BERT would consider that in-state recruiting). Yet another player who attended the big recruiting BBQ over the summer, Antonio is a 3 star prospect according to 247Sports' Industry Composite, choosing Minnesota over listed offers from Iowa State, Northern Illinois, Bowling Green and Toledo. Shenault is the 14th member of the 2015 class and third defensive back commitment.

Quotables

Gopher247 bolt on Antonio's commitment:

Shenault impressed 247Sports at a couple camps in the past with his speed and cover ability. An in-your-pocket defensive back that can typically run with any receiver.

ESPNU Eval ($):

When he gets beat he works to get back and the ball needs to be perfectly thrown or he breaks it up. He stretches and knocks down ball that he is not expected to. Is an instinctive zone player and stays on top of the coverage. Plays both corner and safety with confidence. ... Fills the alley with the correct angle. Will come to balance and not over run too many plays. Is a solid tackler. As a corner he is more physical than most.

(Likely Fraudulent) Measurables**

** The section title is a bit. It's intentionally facetious comment on how recruiting sites (and even some college coaches) notoriously exaggerate traditional combine measures -- especially the 40. No offense is meant.

Height: 5'10"-5'11"
Weight: 175-180 lbs.
Fake 40 Time: 4.61s electronic

Highlights

Junior Year:

Thoughts

Absurd Comparisons

One of the names I've already heard tossed around is Briean Boddy-Calhoun, which I think is fair from a style of play. Shenault may not be as quick or fast as BBC, but he shares the same ability to be around receivers all the time, limit YAC, make outstanding pass breakups and play physical against the run.

Scheme Fit

An ideal nickel or field corner at the next level. Has the ability to play press man or zone coverage, which is important in Claeys' base quarters defense. Additionally, Coach Sawvel has made it a priority to recruit defense backs who can come up and make a stop in the run against downhill Big Ten foes, which is another thing Shenault brings to the table. He's not a tall or long cornerback, yet that's really not much of an issue since the Gophers already have a few taller CBs and need some quicker players to fill the nickel roles.

Impact on Other Prospects?

Still a ways to go here. I'd expect at least 2 more pure CB prospects, and 3-4 defensive backs overall. Remember, the secondary will graduate nine players over the next two years with three - yes, three - underclassmen on the roster beyond 2015. Taking seven defense backs, including a junior college player, is necessary to replenish a core set of DBs that are really playing at a high level.