Clemson target hits the hardwood

One of the top targets on the board for the Clemson coaching staff in the 2011 recruiting class has quickly made the transition from the field to gym.

OT Shaq Anthony Profile

Wren HS offensive tackle Shaq Anthony was a frequent visitor in Clemson this fall when the Tigers were playing in Death Valley.

This season, he visited Athens to see Georgia play and travelled to Columbia three times to see South Carolina--including the Clemson game. With offers from the three schools he visited this fall, Anthony also sports offers from Duke, N.C. State and East Carolina.

The 2011 offensive tackle said he's keeping Clemson as his favorite along with South Carolina.

"I hear from a lot of schools. I don't keep in touch with them as much as I do Clemson and South Carolina," Anthony said.

His main recruiter at Clemson is offensive line coach Brad Scott. Offensive line coach Eric Woolford is his recruiter at South Carolina.

"I talk to coach Scott about once a week," Anthony said. "We had a meeting when I was at the Clemson/Virginia game. I was in his office for about an hour."

CUTigers caught up with him on Tuesday afternoon as he was on his way back to school for his third varsity basketball game.

"I just play basketball for fun. We're 2-0 right now, trying to make it 3-0 tonight against Hillcrest," he said. "I'm like the seventh or eighth man."

Anthony is focused on playing football at the next level. Unsure of the definite numbers, he said his average grade for the season was an 89 percent with about two pancake blocks a game.

He plans attend an Under Armor combine next month and will throw the discus or the Wren track and field team.

"I threw last year, my best throw was probably like a 115," Anthony said.

The 6-5, 255-pounder plans to take his time in making his decision.

"I'll probably try to wait until Signing Day," he said.

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