Anthony commits at church

The Clemson Tigers picked up a huge verbal commitment Sunday morning from one of the top offensive line prospects in the south for the 2011 recruiting class. And he did it with Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney watching.

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Anthony, who announced his decision in church this morning, becomes the fifth verbal commitment in the 2011 recruiting class.

"Coach (Dabo) Swinney was invited to speak at my church a couple of months ago," he told "He was up there speaking. And me being a recruit, I couldn't say anything to him and he couldn't say anything to me.

"I got the microphone and then talked to everybody there and talked about committing to Clemson."

Anthony said Swinney explained to the church that he couldn't say anything about the commitment. Anthony could see that his future coach was pleased, judging by the look on his face.

The son of former Clemson athlete Vernie Anthony, he has a brother who's a student at Clemson.

Even fans of the rival school in Columbia applauded his announcement.

"A lot of people stood up, clapped and cheered for me, even the Gamecock fans. Everybody was just proud of me," Anthony said.

With the commitment to Clemson, he can put all his energy towards Wren HS.

"I can focus on basketball this season and getting in the weight room--keeping a good weight. I can have a good weight room work ethic and get ready for next football season," he said.

Anthony said he also won't look at other schools and is essentially shutting down his recruitment.

"There's not a doubt in my mind that I don't want to go to Clemson. If I'm going to visit any school, it's just going to be Clemson," he said."If other schools want to continue to recruit me, I'm not going to stop them from that. I've already made my commitment and I know where I want to go."

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.

Anthony has already been given the three-star designation by Top Stories