Help is on the way

Clemson's linebackers are about to receive an enormous boost of talent with the arrival of five-star standout Stephone Anthony. CUTigers checks in with Clemson's top ranked defensive signee in the 2011 recruiting class in this extensive report.

Stephone Anthony Profile

It's almost been three months since Stephone Anthony signed with Clemson and brought an end to the whirlwind experience of being a blue chip recruit.

The constant barrage of phone calls, text messages and e-mails has subsided. Now, he's back to just being Stephone Anthony, the senior at Anson County High School.

"It's been real quiet," he recently told "I'm kind of glad it's over."

Life is a little more normal now for the five-star.

Just like every other spring of his high school career, Anthony's playing baseball. A catcher before this season, he's behind the plate only on a part-time basis now, to save his knees. He'll also play in the outfield or be the designated hitter.

"Baseball season has been kind of up and down. We played Tuesday night. We ended up losing 2-1," Anthony said. "We're playing good baseball. We're getting ready to go to a tournament. We're a lock to make the playoffs."

Football is right around the corner, of course.

He's scheduled to move to Clemson on July 5, but there are still a few items left for him to take care of in Wadesboro. School lets out on June 9. Graduation is June 11.

"I think everybody can say this that has been through our school, it goes by fast. It goes by real fast. It kind of rolled for me," he said. "I'm going to miss it, but you've got to move on to bigger and better things."

Anthony last visited Clemson for the Orange and White spring game, where he spent time with fellow signees Spencer Region, Eric MacLain and Shaq Anthony. During the game, Stephone paid close attention to what he saw on the defensive side of the ball.

"I just got a better look of it, overall, was able to see the defense, see the other players and how they fit into the system—how everything was moving, the pace of the game," he said.

Anthony was also recently in touch with defensive ends coach Dan Brooks, who was taking care of some medical paper work. Before that, Anthony talked with defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

Outside of school and sports, he's staying close to home.

"I'm just spending time with the folks and just kind of hanging out, trying to get stuff ready to go," Anthony said.

The anticipation for his arrival is starting to set in.

"I'm excited about it," Anthony said. "I'm looking forward to change and the opportunity to get out there and have fun, just take it as far as I can." Top Stories