On location with Stephone Anthony

WADESBORO, N.C. – CUTigers.com's Hale McGranahan is traveling around the southeast visiting with some of the top college prospects in the country. Thursday's stop? Anson High School.

OLB Stephone Anthony Profile

When Anson coach Luke Hyatt looks at where he wants his best player on defense to line up, he looks right to middle linebacker. Before last season, that's where he moved his best player, Stephone Anthony.

Recruited to play outside linebacker at the next level, Anthony spent two seasons on the outside before making the move into the middle when Anson changed up its scheme to a 3-4 look.

"With him playing outside linebacker, he had seven interceptions his freshman and sophomore year. He still had four from the middle spot this year. Tackles went up. He's just got an incredible knack for being around the ball—a great tackler," Hyatt said.

But it's not just the defensive side of the ball where Anthony has played. During his junior season, he played tight end, running back and wildcat quarterback.

One SEC school recently asked if Anthony would be willing to play running back.

"I think, this year, he averaged about 9.8 yards every time he touched it, which might make me look like an idiot because I didn't give it to him a little more," Hyatt said. "He's more valuable to us on the defensive side of the football.

"What he brings with his leadership and character on the field, he doesn't get flustered or frustrated when bad things happen. He keeps everybody up. He's the most positive kid you'll ever meet in your life."

His favorites, in order are Florida, Clemson and Virginia Tech have the best shot at landing the Scout.com No. 3 ranked outside linebacker in the class of 2011.

"It's three places I've seen and three places that I really like. There are good people there," Anthony said.

He went in depth about the three with CUTigers.

Clemson: They've got great facilities. Of course, I've got two teammates there. It's a good football school and a great place to play.

Florida: It is what it is, what people say about it. It's a great school, a great place. Urban Meyer is Urban Meyer. It's a great chance to win a championship.

Virginia Tech: It's a great football program. It's a great degree. It's a great situation you can put yourself in. They win football games.

Outside of those three, there is one other school that's in hot pursuit.

University of Southern California.

"They offered me about three months ago and they were here (Wednesday). That was pretty cool," Anthony said.

What he considers an attractive option, USC could be hosting him very soon.

"I've never been there, but I plan on getting out there this summer, though…it's a top college football program. The history, the great coaching out there," Anthony said.

There are three other trips that he'd also like to take this summer.

"Right now, it's probably back to Florida, back to Clemson and Virginia Tech," Anthony said.

"More than likely," a decision won't come until signing day or at some point during the Under Armour All-American Bowl Game.

Several areas will factor into his consideration.

"I'm looking for what really clicks. I'm going to take my official visits and see what I really like about the school," Anthony said.

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