Speedy Chandler CB Not in a Hurry to Commit

Marc Anthony has size, quickness and other physical tools that make him one of the best high school cornerbacks in the state of Arizona. What he doesn't have is a desire to make his college decision before the season starts. Devils Digest caught up with Anthony who was offered by the hometown Sun Devils a few days ago.

"It feels very good to get an offer from Arizona State," said the 6-0 185 Marc Anthony. "I wouldn't say I expected it just because it's the hometown school. I went to plenty of games so I do follow them. I also know Keegan Herring who's on the team."

Anthony also knows that there are some players on the ASU roster from Chandler High School's archrival – Hamilton. He quipped that maybe it's time that the Wolves have a representative or two on the squad. The Chandler-Hamilton rivalry has been tilted heavily in favor of the Huskies for many years, but Chandler has certainly been gaining ground in the last couple of seasons.

"We played Hamilton very though last season, and I think we can beat them this year," Anthony commented. "They always had and probably always will have a good football team. But it's a fun to be on a team like Chandler where we worked hard and finally turned around the program."

The cornerback has been an integral part of that aforementioned resurrection. Anthony registered 58 tackles and five interceptions (one of them returned for a TD) in 2006 where Chandler finished 11-2. "I have good hips and good speed, so I'm able to stay with the receivers no matter what they do," said the 2nd team All-region selection. "I'm a physical cornerback that has good size, but I do need to work on my open field tackling and being even more physical. As a corner you're expected to also provide run support, and that's another reason why I need to be more physical." He added that he tries to model his game after NFL cornerbacks Champ Bailey and Nate Clements.

Washington State, Washington, Oregon State, Utah and Wyoming all offered Anthony prior to ASU. Proximity to home, is a factor that Anthony claimed won't be significant in his recruiting. "I'm looking for a school that has good facilities, a good coaching staff, and good academics," he explained. "All the schools that have offered me are even right now – I have no favorites."

The cornerback noted that the recruiting process hasn't been taxing to him, which may explain his timetable for his eventual pledge. "I'll probably make my decision after the season ends, maybe even close to signing day. I'm not in a hurry to commit."

With a 2.9 GPA and an SAT score of 1180 he was told by his coaches that he has achieved the necessary requirements to academically qualify. The cornerback indicated that in the next few weeks he plans at attend ASU's team camp, the Stanford Nike camp and the Colorado team camp.

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