Anthony Steen is expected to be one of the top linemen from Mississippi for the 2009 recruiting class. The gifted lineman from Lee Academy in Clarksdale, MS has seen his recruitment start off slower than others, but things have begun to heat up.
"Recruiting is alright right now. I have 3 offers from Alabama, FSU (today) and Southern Mississippi. The Alabama offer was big because they are coming up. I've been getting mail from Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. Schools like Florida State have just started contacting my coaches about me."
While the interest from the Seminoles is just beginning, the coaches are impressed in what they see from Steen.
"I haven't gotten a chance to speak to the coaches from FSU yet, but they did talk to my head coach. They were wondering what kind of kid and player I was and what I liked to do. They want me to come down to their camp and said they will keep in touch with me. I like them, as I have always liked them. FSU was my favorite growing up. I've always liked them a whole lot. It's an area where I can see myself going to having fun."
What makes Anthony stand out is that not only is he a guard on the offensive line, but he also excels on defense and is a major contributor to his team's special teams.
"Schools tell me they like how I play. I don't give up on any play. On defense I have the ability to make tackles from sideline to sideline. I play all the offensive line positions. I'm the kicker on kickoffs. I boot everyone through the end zone. You can actually see them on Scout. I'm the long snapper and punter too. I think my versatility will help me on the college level, but I just need to continue to get quicker and stronger."
Steen says that right now he doesn't have a top 5, and that all of the schools are looking at him as a guy who could play on both sides of the ball.
"I'm pretty open to FSU, but I don't really have a top list of schools. Right now schools don't know if they want me as an offensive lineman or defensive lineman. I don't have a preference of where I play as long as I can be the best I can be where they put me.
The 6'3 ½" and 290 pound prospect says that he's looking for good facilities and team that can win. He says that summer he'll attend some camps, and if his past performances at these camps continues, he may see his name mentioned more on the recruiting scene.
"I haven't talked to the coaches too much, but I know I am going to as many camps as possible. I'll go down to the FSU camp for sure. Last year I was named the top lineman at the N. Alabama camp. At Memphis I ran a 4.9 40. So if I can keep that up I'll probably get more attention."
FSU offered today so it's pretty safe to say that they are in the lead for Anthony. As the spring evaluation comes, look for other college coaches to give Steen a harder look. If he performs well at camps, he'll see his stock soar.
Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Anthony and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.