April 5, 2009

Four-star cornerback makes his pledge

Sometimes recruiting can be as simple as a phone call. Four-star cornerback Anterio Sloan out of West Helena (Ark.) Central had a great phone call on Saturday. Good enough in fact that Sloan decided he was ready to end his recruitment.

Sloan's phone conversation on Saturday was with Nebraska defensive backs coach Marvin Sanders. Following that conversation, Sloan made a big decision.

"I went on and made the decision and I'm going to Nebraska," Sloan said on Saturday evening. "I didn't tell him yet. After the conversation, I loved the conversation so much that I called my coach and talked to him about and talked to my family about it and decided to go ahead and make the decision. I haven't been able to get back in touch with Coach Sanders yet to tell him."

Eventually, Sloan was able to get in touch with the Nebraska coaching staff to pass on the good news. Though that conversation certainly had a positive ring to it, it would be tough to top Sloan's first phone call with Sanders.

"It's a nice school and everything and the way Coach Sanders put his conversation together it was great," he said. "I loved the way he put his conversation together and he made me want to go there. Also I want to be a pharmacist and they have a good pharmacy program."

The commitment came before Sloan has even had the opportunity to visit the Nebraska campus. However, he does plan on getting to Lincoln later on this month to take in the Nebraska spring game. The trip will be that much more enjoyable as a commitment.

"I wanted to go on and make an early decision so that I can focus on me and not worry about what school I was going to," he said. "So whatever school fits me best I was going to go ahead and drop that and not have to worry about everybody else."

Now that his decision is made, Sloan is ready to look forward.

"I think I'm pretty much through," he said. "I'm not going to be worrying about any other schools just focus on football and get better and sign with Nebraska. I'm more relieved now. I'm kind of excited too because it's over with and I really want to just focus on football.

"Every time coach calls me and talking about different colleges that are interested but Coach Sanders he just outdid everybody."

Sloan is the second highly-touted cornerback to come out of West Helena Central in as many years, following five-star Darius Winston from the class of 2009. Sloan is also the second four-star to commit to the Cornhuskers so far in the 2010 class.


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