In this week’s Sunday Morning Spotlight, we take a look a guy on the defensive side of the ball. He doesn’t always get a lot of attention, as plays on the opposite site of a pretty famous island. He is a very explosive player, but sometimes, the explosiveness backfires on the Jets as he is prone to give up long plays. Spotlight on cornerback Antonio Cromartie.
Born in Tallahassee, Florida, Cromartie was a talented, and versatile athlete at Lincoln High School. In his senior season, he recorded stats on defense as a cornerback, returned punts and kicks for TDs, as well as played running back and wide receiver as well. This earned him the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2002. He was a four star recruit, and ranked 6th in cornerback prospects in the nation.
At Florida State, Antonio showed explosive potential as a nickelback and kick returner during his first two seasons in college. Unfortunately, he tore his left ACL in workouts prior to his junior year, causing him to miss the whole year. He left school early and entered the NFL draft.