OT Shaq Anthony Profile
CUTigers spoke with 2011 commit, Wren High School (Piedmont) offensive tackle Shaq Anthony, who was participating in all of the combine's events. Fellow 2011 commit Robert Smith was, and so was 2010 class member Victor Beasley.
Anthony was also wearing his recruiting hat before, between and after events, making his Clemson pitch.
"I talked to A.J. Johnson, from Gainesville (Ga.). I've been trying to talk to Watts Dantzler…some guys from Bolles High School," Anthony said. "Some guys from Georgia--whoever I see, I just talk to them about Clemson."
Almost two months have passed since he committed to Clemson with coach Dabo Swinney as a featured guest at his church.
Still, Anthony strives to better himself on the field.
"I can always improve on something. People say they're trying to get their stock up (here)," he said. "I'm just trying to improve some things that can prepare me for college."
Anthony also enjoys competing with some of the best prospects the region has to offer.
"I like competing with people in my weight class, position and other positions. It just gives me a good chance to see who I'm going to be seeing in the next couple of years," he said.
The combine circuit continues to have Anthony as a frequent participant. He's already done two this year, on top of the three he was in last year. And, he's got one more scheduled this spring.
At Wren, he's lifting weights playing basketball and counting down the days until track and field gets started.
Anthony is still receiving interest from several schools.
"I hear from LSU, Alabama, not as much from South Carolina as I used to. Georgia, I still hear from. Tennessee is starting to show some interest," he said. "UCF, Kentucky and Kansas too."
N.C. State, Duke and East Carolina have offered since he committed to Clemson. Prior to the commitment, his other offers were from South Carolina and Georgia.
Even as the offers role in, Anthony will stay firm.
"Before I made my commitment, my parents asked if schools like Alabama or Florida comes in and offers, ‘would you change your mind?' I'm solid with my decision. I've always wanted to be a Clemson Tiger," he said.
Wearing his recruiting hat
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