2011 OL has eye on the Tigers

Clemson continues to be in the running for Tiger legacy Shaq Anthony, whose father Vernie played defensive tackle on the 1981 National Championship team.

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Although he's grown up in Clemson on Saturdays in the fall, the Tigers don't hold an outright lead for the younger Anthony, who is a class of 2011 offensive tackle at Wren HS.

"Clemson is right down the road from me. I've gone to games down there every season…what stands out to me about Clemson is that it's right down the street," he told CUTigers in a recent interview. "That's what stands out to me between the schools right now."

With offers also from South Carolina and Georgia, Anthony's coaches at Wren are in contact often with all three of the schools.

"Those are the only schools that have offered me right now, so those are the only ones that I am looking at," he said.

At any of the three, Anthony believes he would get a good education.

"They're all great schools academics-wise," he said.

Playing in the SEC or ACC is very appealing too.

"Being offered by schools in those conferences really stands out," Anthony said. "They all have good facilities and nice campuses."

Wren's first scrimmage is tomorrow against Spartanburg. After two days of practice in full pads, Anthony and his teammates are growing tired of beating each other up.

"We're really excited about hitting some guys that aren't on the same team as us," he said.

Anthony is 6-foot-5 255 pounds and graded out at 84 percent last year.

"My footwork is definitely is big strength and my long arms and quickness are strengths too." he said. "But I definitely want to improve on my punch and not letting players get inside on me. I need to keep more weight on my inside foot."

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