On location with Shaq Anthony

PIEDMONT, S.C. – CUTigers.com's Hale McGranahan is traveling around the southeast visiting with some of the top college prospects in the country. Tuesday's first of two stops? Wren High School.

OT Shaq Anthony Profile

There's little doubt that Wren High School rising senior Shaq Anthony will hold true to his commitment to Clemson. He was solid when the decision was announced in December, was solid the last time he spoke with CUTigers.

It's no surprise that he remains solid.

"Yeah, you know I am," Anthony said.

Wren coach Jeff Tate believes that's an indication of what kind of person Anthony is off the field.


"He plays hard every down, gives great effort. He has good technique and is very reliable. He does the job in the weight room, on the football field and the classroom." - Wren head coach Jeff Tate. (Hale McGranahan)
"If you could say anything about him, he's very consistent. He's got good balance in his life," Tate said.

Anthony committed to Clemson over Georgia and South Carolina, but he still hears from Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Florida State, North Carolina and N.C. State. In fact, Maryland and N.C. State are his most recent offers.

"I haven't really communicated with a lot of people. I know Miami is talking about offering me," he said.

One coach that Anthony keeps in regular contact with each week is Clemson offensive line coach Brad Scott. On Monday, Scott was in town to watch Wren's first practice of the spring.

"We have a good relationship. He just stayed and watched the whole practice and watched some of our other guys," Anthony said.

When they talk over the phone, Scott reminds Anthony how proud he is of him.

"He's proud of what I'm doing. He said I'm doing really well. He tells me all the time how I remind him of Chris Hairston," Anthony said.

Tate said it's the motor that has attracted the attention of Scott and several other recruiters from around the region.

"He plays hard every down, gives great effort. He has good technique and is very reliable," Tate said. "He does the job in the weight room, on the football field and the classroom."

Tate believes the off of the field qualities make Anthony's future that much brighter.


"I want to become a better run blocker, become a stronger, more dominant player. I want to hold blocks a little bit longer for my team," Anthony said. "I just want to be the best player that I can be for these guys." (Hale McGranahan)
"He's always going to be an ambassador for Clemson. And the thing is he's always going to be an ambassador for Wren High School," Tate said. "We're very proud of him. The administration loves him to death, the teachers do and his teammates respect him. That's something that's earned and it's not something that's given."

Always looking to recruit for Clemson, Anthony said he keeps in touch with Ryan Norton, Charone Peake and Clay Burton.

"He cares about the people that come to Clemson, I'm sure," Tate said. "I'm sure he's going to try to persuade them to come on board, join that family and become part of something that coach (Dabo) Swinney is building over there."

Until he officially becomes a member of the Tigers' football program, he's got work left to do at Wren, where he plays left tackle.

"I want to become a better run blocker, become a stronger, more dominant player. I want to hold blocks a little bit longer for my team," Anthony said. "I just want to be the best player that I can be for these guys."

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