Maryland head coach Randy Edsall extended a pair of scholarships to a couple nearby rising stars during the Terps’ first junior day Feb. 21, and both new offerees came from an institution quite familiar to Terps fans. Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) class of 2017 defensive end Joshua Paschal and inside linebacker Jordan Anthony have already garnered plenty of attention on the recruiting trail, and now they have hometown offers in toe as well.
“I was definitely excited about the Maryland offer, just knowing that it’s a great program, it’s a great educational school and it’s in the Big Ten,” said the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Anthony, who also holds early verbals from Kentucky, Clemson and Iowa. “I thought Maryland did really well last year, and it’s a program that’s coming up, so it was an honor to get a scholarship from them.”
Anthony said his assistant coach, Kevin McFadden, actually tipped both he and Paschal off about the before the junior day. So when Edsall pulled the pair aside, Anthony and Co. had an inkling what was coming.
“Coach Edsall was just telling us how he’d love to have us in the program,” Anthony said. “And it’s something I’m definitely going to consider. Just knowing some guys there and being around the school, I know it’s a great place. My teammate, Keandre Jones, is committed there, and he talks about Maryland all the time. He says the coaching staff there is great and he’s real excited about the school. So I definitely would consider following him there. He’s the leader of our team and if he thinks it’s a good place, it probably is.”
Although he was one of the younger recruits in attendance, Anthony said he had “a lot of fun” at the junior day interacting with the older recruits and Terps coaches. He said both he and Paschal took plenty of pictures and thoroughly enjoyed their stay.
“Just talking to some of the other recruits there, they were saying some things about Maryland and telling us some things. It was all positive – they were all hyped about Maryland,” Anthony said. “So that was pretty cool to hear. And then [the staff] showed us a really cool video of the new indoor facility, and that was really exciting to see.”
Anthony had previously spoken to his Terps recruiter, Mike Locksley, but during this particular visit he chatted with linebackers coach Lyndon Johnson. Anthony called their conversation “informative” and said he took plenty away from what Johnson had told him.
“Coach Johnson, he gave me a few tips on what I could do better to improve my game, and that was big and something I’ll take to next season,” Anthony said. “He said I’m doing well blitzing but have to keep my head up and find the ball more. But he loves how aggressive I am. It was a good conversation.”
Before the junior day, Anthony actually attended two Maryland football games during the fall, in addition to a basketball. He said he enjoyed the atmosphere at both Byrd Stadium and the Xfinity Center.
“I definitely loved going to games at Maryland,” Anthony said. “I liked the environment in the football stadium, and the basketball arena is live. I love the fans for the basketball games.”
Of course, the recruiting process is just beginning for Anthony, and there are plenty of other schools on his radar. He’s already visited Kentucky and likes what the Wildcats have to offer, and wants to check out Clemson and Iowa as well.
“I want to take a bunch of visits this summer, but first I’ll see what other offers come in this spring when all the [college] coaches come through,” said Anthony, who has also been to Alabama. “I don’t know who’s going to offer next or anything, but usually when these [assistants] check us out we get a few offers off of that. So it’s an exciting time for me.”
Anthony started at middle linebacker last year and finished third on the team in tackles. He said he could play either outside or inside linebacker, but has been relegated to the interior of Good Counsel’s defense.
“I’m a good tackler, I find the ball, I blitz well and I have good speed,” Anthony said. “But one thing I definitely need to work on is coverage. I need to work on picking up tight ends and sticking with guys in space.”
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