24. OLB Stephone Anthony, Fr.
A first-team All-American at Anson High School in Wadesboro, N.C., Scout.com listed Anthony as the No. outside linebacker in the class of 2011. As one of the crown jewels of the recent haul, Anthony could compete for playing time at either the MIKE or WILL linebacker positions this fall.
THE RESUME: It's tough for a freshman to crack to the top-25 when the resume is made up of achievements from the high school level but we feel Anthony's upside alone warrants a place on our list.
A four-year starter under Luke Hyatt at Anson, Anthony finished with 123 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, four sacks and two interceptions during his senior season. He also rushed 50 times for 302 yards and recorded 498 yards on 14 kickoff returns.
The North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year also played in the Shrine Bowl and the Under Armour All-American game. The Associated Press also named him as a first-team All-State as a junior and senior.
MOVING FORWARD: Out of any player on this list, Anthony has the most potential for a higher listing a year from now. With the lack of depth at linebacker, it's very likely that he avoids a redshirt and sees considerable playing time this fall.
Anthony is a cerebral player, so he could find himself at middle linebacker where he would be in charge of relaying the calls from defensive coordinator Kevin Steele. But Anthony's skill set may be best suited for one of the outside spots.
With the likes of Anthony and Tony Steward, Steele has finally acquired a kind of linebacker talent that has not been seen at Clemson for the last few years.
No. 24: Stephone Anthony
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