OT Shaq Anthony Profile
After Wren High School's (Piedmont) early exit from the South Carolina AAAA-II playoffs, Anthony has one more game left in his high school career—the Shrine Bowl.
He's one of four class of 2011 Clemson commits selected to play on the South Carolina team.
"It's going to be a good time to see how I do against all that competition," Anthony recently told CUTigers. "It's going to be a good experience for me, going against those guys, having a chance to work with some great players.
"I'll get a chance to work with Brandon Shell, who's a great tackle. I'll have a chance to work with my guy Ryan Norton, who's committed to Clemson."
All qualified with his grades and test scores, he flirted with idea of enrolling in January, but Anthony's decided to finish high school later this spring.
And, instead of playing basketball this winter, he plans to focus all efforts on the weight room.
"I definitely want to continue living in the weight room," Anthony said. "I know that's the key, being in shape and in the weight room. Nothing I do is going to prepare for what's going to happen at Clemson. I've heard that many times…I just want to make sure I do everything I can to prepare myself.
"Everybody asks me if I'm going to come and be a true freshman or if I'm going to get redshirted. I just told them the same thing. I'm going into Clemson—I'm going to work as hard as I can to try to be the best I can be."
He's going to concentrate on strengthening his lower body.
"I really got knocked off when I messed up my knee. I wasn't able to squat that well," Anthony said. "I'm really trying to get my squat back up and focus on my lower body power."
The Scout.com 45 rated offensive tackle stays in touch with several members of the Tigers' 2011 class—Norton, Eric MacLain, Charone Peake, Kevin Dodd, DeShaun Williams and Tony McNeal.
"I make sure that everybody is staying well. Joe Gore was at the game a couple of weeks ago. I got a chance to speak with him," Anthony said.
He plans to reach out to a few uncommitted 2011 prospects, too.
"I'm trying to get touch with Sammy Watkins and Tony Steward," Anthony said. "I talk to Lateek Townsend all the time on Facebook. I stay in touch with him and make sure that he's keeping Clemson in mind."
Anthony keeps in regular touch with the Clemson staff, too. Offensive guards and centers coach Brad Scott calls him every Wednesday.
"We just talk about how the weeks going, anything that's going on," Anthony said. "He told me that he was real proud of me making the Shrine Bowl. He wished me the best of luck. He just wants me to keep working hard."
As he looks ahead to the future, Anthony's enjoyed his
he end of Anthony's high school career was bittersweet.
"When we came back on Monday [after the playoff game], I talked to my coaches. It really hit, all the things that I've been through, the influences from my coaches, growing up playing youth ball with my teammates, my friends in the senior class. I've been with those guys since I was little," he said. "Now, it's all coming to an end. It hits you really hard when you start thinking about all the things that have happened."
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