Present and future: LB

Brent Venables inherited a bunch of young talent at the linebacker position, and he has a few more on the way with the 2013 signing class.


Stephone Anthony heads up a young, but talented linebacker corps that includes several former four and five-star prospects. The sophomore was inserted into the starting MIKE spot on day one of spring practice by first-year defensive coordinator Brent Venables.

Last season, Anthony split time as the MIKE starter with Corico Hawkins, who has since been moved over to the WILL position. He's listed as the co-starter with fellow senior Jonathan Willard.

Junior Justin Parker and sophomore Tony Steward are also in the mix on the weak-side. On the post-spring depth chart, Parker is ahead of Steward, who missed the entire spring as he continued to rehab from ACL surgery.

The strong-side linebackers are redshirt junior Quandon Christian and Lateek Townsend.

Spencer Shuey, a redshirt junior, and B.J. Goodson, a redshirt freshman, are the backups in the middle.

Ben Boulware's brother, Garrett, is a catcher/outfielder on the Clemson baseball team.

Notable Options for 2013

Ben Boulware
Boulware committed to Clemson a couple of months after picking up an offer from the Tigers. The T.L. Hanna High School [Anderson] junior had also picked up offers from Georgia, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Wake Forest. has Boulware rated as a three-star and the No. 21 middle linebacker in the country. He will play in the Under Armour All-American game.

Larenz Bryant
The uncommitted four-star from Vance High School in Charlotte, N.C. earned an invite to The Opening after a strong performance in the Charlotte Nike Football Training Camp. At the camp in Charlotte, he named a top-five of Clemson, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Georgia.

Ranked as the No. 7 outside linebacker in the country, Bryant checks in at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds. A decision won't be made until after his official visits and he could wait until signing day.

D.J. Greenlee
Ranked the No. 80 outside linebacker in the nation, Greenlee [Daniel High School, Central] is listed as a three-star prospect. Though he's classified as an outside linebacker, his position at Clemson is still up in the air.

Kellen Jones
The Oklahoma transfer was rated as a four-star prospect when he signed with the Sooners in 2011. After Jones sits out in the fall, he'll have three years of eligibility remaining.

As a freshman at Oklahoma, Kellen Jones recorded 10 tackles, most of which were on special teams.
Isaac McDonald lists McDonald as the No. 57 outside linebacker in the class of 2013. He's also classified as a three-star prospect. At 6-6, 215, McDonald could develop into a defensive end.

He committed to Clemson over offers from Louisville, North Carolina, Purdue, South Carolina, South Florida and West Virginia.

Dorian O'Daniel
The most recent commit to Clemson's 2013 class, O'Daniel is rated higher than the other six that are currently in his class. A four-star from Our Lady Good Counsel High School in Olney, Md., O'Daniel is the No. 11 outside linebacker in the country.

O'Daniel committed to Clemson over offers from Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin. He will play in the U.S. Army All-American game.

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