Player Spotlight: Antonio Wesley Jr C/O ’24 Tailback/Outside Linebacker

Freshman Phenom Antonio Wesley Jr

Antonio Wesley Jr is a dominant athlete for Dutchtown High School in Hampton, Georgia.

The freshman phenom plays on both sides of the ball, as he sees time at outside linebacker and tailback.

On the season, Wesley was able to play on the ninth grade team, and then he was moved up to the JV squad. After doing well there, he was then propelled up onto the varsity level.

Certainly shows already that Wesley has the juice to play this game!

Standing at 5’10, 165 pounds, the dynamic playmaker already has great size for his age, with several years left to grow even more.

With his dad, Antonio Wesley Sr as his tailback coach, the younger Antonio is sure to continue to grow in the position. Antonio Sr is a former tailback that played at Valdosta State University in the early 2000’s under head coach Chris Hatcher.

Also on that staff in 2001 for the Blazers, was current head football coach of the University of Georgia, Kirby Smart, as well as current head football coach of West Georgia, David Dean.

With that being said, Wesley has a great deal he can learn from his dad!

For his 9th grade stats, Wesley Jr played in three games. In that short time, he was able to amass 46 tackles, for over fifteen tackles per game! He also added 2 PBU’s to go along with a forced fumble. Seeing time at kick return, he also returned two kicks for touchdowns!

The coaching staff quickly decided that he could be better used on JV, so he was moved up to help the team.

On JV, he grabbed 18 tackles in two games, good for 9 tackles per contest. He also blocked a punt and had 1 PBU. The coaches felt like they could use him on varsity, which allowed him to see some playing time on Friday nights.

On varsity, he was used as a special teams player, and he was able to start on kickoff’s, punt return and kick return, as he grabbed four more tackles to complete his freshman season.

As a dual-sport athlete, Wesley also runs track. That certainly shows, as the young man is already a blazer on the field, as he runs a 4.63 in the forty-yard-dash!

Wesley is certainly no slouch in the weight-room, as he has a current max squat of 300 pounds, nearly twice his weight!

Even though the season may not have gone the way that Wesley would have liked, he still had some great things to say about it.

“I hate that our season ended so early,” Wesley said. “We had that first round exit by Ware County and it cut the year short. But I am definitely looking forward to working hard this offseason, because I know that is when next season starts. We have to be prepared.”

Wise words from such a young man!

I also wanted to understand what separates Wesley from other players, besides the obvious talent that he has.

“I study a lot of film, and that helps me out a lot,” Wesley said. “I also listen to what the coaches are trying to instill into me. Those two things alone allow for me to know where the ball is going to be before the snap. As a result, I sort of have an advantage over other players. I am also good at getting players line up.”

From the way Wesley talks, you would think he is a multi-year starter on the field, and not a freshman. He truly understands the game!

Wesley also understands the importance of academics, as he currently has a 4.0 GPA, and he is ranked #2 in his class.

Talk about a great student!

While Wesley does not have any offers yet, looked for those to start rolling in, as this young man is only going to get better from here.

“Look out for me next season,” Wesley states to anyone that will listen!


Published by Zane Rowland

I love sports and I love helping kids reach their goals and dreams!

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