Good Counsel 4-Stars Talk Up Terps Big Show

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Neither Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) linebacker Jordan Anthony nor defensive end Joshua Paschal knew about Maryland’s June 27 Big Show camp until just a couple days prior to the event, but both elite 2017 targets quickly rearranged their weekend plans and headed to College Park nonetheless.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Neither Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) linebacker Jordan Anthony nor defensive end Joshua Paschal knew about Maryland’s June 27 Big Show camp until just a couple days prior to the event, but both elite 2017 targets quickly rearranged their weekend plans and headed to College Park nonetheless. The two four-star recruits didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to work with some of the region’s top talents, while reengaging with the hometown school.

“Josh and I both had a really good time,” said the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Anthony. “It would have been nice if it wasn’t raining and we could’ve had the camp outside since I had a little trouble on the turf [in Cole Field House], but it was still a really good time. We had a lot of fun just being with the other plays and talking to the coaches.”

The Terps have been after Anthony and Paschal for more than a year, and both locals have been on campus several times each. The pair attended games last fall, a junior day during the winter, a Maryland basketball game and a June 7-on-7 camp. The June 27 Big Show was their second time in College Park in a week.

“I already knew Coach [Mike] Locksley because he recruits me, and I knew Coach [Randy] Edsall from meeting him on campus before, but now I’m getting to know some of the other Maryland coaches just from being up there more,” Anthony said. “At the 7-on-7 I met Coach [Keith] Dudzinski, the defensive coordinator, and Coach [Lyndon] Johnson, the linebackers coach. Then at [the Big Show], Coach Johnson was working with me, and we went over film with Coach Dudzinski. I really like the coaches there and think they’re all very down-to-earth and easy to talk to.

“Coach Johnson was giving me some good feedback [June 27]. I had never really done outside linebacker drills like that before, and he was giving me tips and telling me what he liked and what I could work on. So that was good to hear. And Coach Dudzinski, he was explaining the scheme, how I’d fit in, things like that. I learned a lot.”

Anthony said he and Paschal chatted up the other campers as well. In particular, the Good Counsel backer said he spent a good deal of time with fellow linebacker Rahshaun Smith, a five star from Baltimore City now at IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.).

“Shaq Smith was cool to talk to, and we were just going over coverage technique and a lot of football talk,” Anthony said. “He was real cool, and he’s a real good guy. It was good to meet him and work with him.”

Following the camp, Anthony briefly chatted with Edsall and Locksley. He said UMD’s offensive coordinator urged both himself and Paschal to visit College Park again later in July for a more personal visit.

“Josh and I are definitely getting back up there after the dead period,” Anthony said. “I definitely like Maryland a lot, and I know Josh does too. There’s a lot going for it right now with the Movement going on and a lot of local guys looking at [the Terps]. Guys like [UMD commits] KeAndre [Jones] and Travon [Stott], they’re always telling us about Maryland and how great the coaches are. Those guys are all Maryland, but I already can tell it’s a program on the rise. It’s definitely up there.”

The Falcons’ four-star isn’t claiming leaders yet, but said Maryland would remain on his mind throughout the recruiting process. He also holds verbals from Clemson, Auburn, Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, UNC and Virginia Tech. Paschal, meanwhile, has Clemson, Iowa, Kentucky, UMD, Ohio State and UVA scholarships.

“For myself personally, I’d say Clemson and Auburn were recruiting me the hardest right now,” Anthony said. “But it’s still very early. I don’t have any favorites or anything, because a lot can change in the future.”

Anthony and Paschal have also visited Clemson and Georgia this offseason. They plan to return to College Park, in addition to a visit north to Michigan.

In-between visits, though, Anthony will be training with his teammates and individually as he readies for the 2015 campaign.

“I might be moving to inside linebacker this year, so I’ll be working some on that,” Anthony said. “I definitely will be concentrating on my footwork and coverage. I’m doing well with reading plays and defending the run, but I have to get better in coverage.”

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