Clemson gets its 5-star LB

WADESBORO, N.C. - The nation's No. 2 outside linebacker will play football at Clemson University.

OLB Stephone Anthony Profile

With far less drama than the scene that unfolded in St. Augustine, Fla., Stephone Anthony pulled on a Clemson hat, announcing to the country that's where he'll play college football.

Anthony joined a pair of four-star linebackers, Lateek Townsend and Tony Steward, who picked the Tigers about an hour earlier.

The five-star outside linebacker from Anson High School (Wadesboro, N.C.) learned that Steward would also ink with the orange and white.

With the ESPN cameras rolling, Anthony said, "I actually found out about Tony when I got to school today."

According to his father, Stephone Anthony Sr., Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele played a big factor.

"I thought he was looking for a school to play at," the elder Anthony said. "The more I started talking to him, and understanding what we were talking about, he was looking for a linebacker coach."

The younger Anthony looks forward to playing for Steele.

"Coach Steele, he's the type of guy that's going to work you. He knows how to develop a young man, and get me where I'm trying to go," he said.

Anthony added that it took plenty of thought and prayer for him to reach the decision.

"Everything just led to Clemson, so I made the decision on Clemson," he said.

In addition to Steele, Anthony enjoyed the connections he's made with the people in Clemson.

"As far as being around the people at Clemson, and fitting into the type of system that they play. I feel good around everybody, as far as academic people—all the way through," he said.

Anthony plans to study business management.

"The air's going to go out the ball one day," he said.

But there's plenty of air still left.

"I'm happy with the decision," Anthony said. "I'm just glad it's over with."

Anson coach Luke Hyatt sees a bright future ahead.

"Clemson's getting a diamond in the rough, just an unbelievable character kid—wonderful person," he said. "I hope my boys grow up to be just like him. The football part doesn't matter. I just them to grow up to be the kind of person he is."

To relive updates from Anthony's press conference from CUTigers staff reporter Hale McGranahan, please visit the following link on the Premium Message Board The Valley: LINK
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