Productivity on the football field doesn’t always result in scholarship offers, and usually that’s because not all statistics are as impressive as they appear in a box score. Rising junior Blake Antzoulatos is a different case because the West Hills Chaminade High linebacker, who camped at Stanford Tuesday, had 125 total tackles as a sophomore against elite prep competition.
Antzoulatos is waiting patiently for his first offer and is focusing on bettering himself as a football player rather than worry about the recruiting process. For the second straight year he camped at Stanford and there were several differences, starting with him being about 30 pounds bigger.
He also traveled up to Stanford thinking more about which university he wants to attend compared to a year ago.
“Honestly I thought it went amazing,” he said. “I had a great time. I saw the campus and it blew me away. There is no other place like Stanford. It just excited me more to hopefully one day be able to go there.”
Stanford camp AM practice pic.twitter.com/d5beST33vu
— Blake Antzoulatos (@blakeantzoulato) June 20, 2017
While at Stanford Antzoulatos spoke with area recruiter and running backs coach Ron Gould: “Great guy and he showed me around the campus.”
He also spoke with special teams coach Peter Alamar and defensive coordinator Lance Anderson.
“Most of all they told me about the (academic requirements),” he said. "I’m not going to lie, I got excited because they were showing me what I had to do to get in. That fired me up because academically it’s something that I can do. It’s not this distant thing in the future, it’s something I can attain.”
When Antzoulatos camped at Stanford the first time he had no varsity starts at Chaminade. He started all 12 games last year for the No. 22 ranked team in California. The Eagles' schedule featured schools such as Oaks Christian, Gardena Serra, Long Beach Poly and Corona Centennial.
Chaminade adds St. John Bosco to the lineup this year. After his rookie season Antzoulatos said he knows what he needs to do to produce at an even higher level. And he has a pretty good idea of why he doesn’t have a scholarship offer, yet.
Antzoulatos attended The Opening Oakland camp May 21 and was measured at 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds. Coaches want to see him add weight and play his junior season while still able to move at his latest verified time of 4.66 in the 40-yard dash, or better.
“I’m not really worried about that,” he said of convincing coaches to offer. “I know they’ll come. I’m just excited for game one to show them why I deserve an offer. I just think of myself as a football player. I’m just trying to win games and do my job.”