Interview by Sam Webb, story by Josh Henschke
The Opening finals saw talent from all over the country (and Canada) gather in Oregon to compete against each other. Team Hypercool, a team filled with Michigan commitments and targets, was a team that many in Michigan circles kept their eye on.
2017 four-star LB Jordan Anthony (IMG Academy) was on Team Hypercool and is a target the coaching staff have their eye on.
The interest is reciprocated as Anthony released a top ten that featured the Wolverines. He says he plans to cut the list to five in the near future with a hopeful commitment timeline of sometime after the upcoming football season, maybe on Signing Day or even a All-American bowl game.
The U-M commits said they would be doing some recruiting during their time in Beaverton and they certainly lived up to their word. Anthony says that he really connected with Team Hypercool teammate and Wolverine commit Josh Ross over the weekend.
“Definitely some of them,” Anthony said of players recruiting him. “(Josh Ross and I) got to build the chemistry a little bit, that was good to do that.”
What sticks out about U-M to Anthony is defensive coordinator Don Brown, whom Anthony heaped heavy amounts of praise towards. If you bring Boston College to the upper tier of defenses in the country, people are going to notice.
“Of course, first, the number one defensive coordinator in the country is there right now,” Anthony said. “At least he had the number one defense in the country last year (at Boston College) and he’s (at Michigan) right now. That’s one big thing.
“Just the program overall, even the way they ended (the season.) They played Florida in the bowl game, I’m not sure which game it was, they kind of blew them out 42-to-something. And, of course, academics.”
There are rumblings that U-M is surging up the leader board for Anthony, perhaps being the leader for his services. When asked if the Wolverines are the leader of the pack right now, Anthony didn't want to divulge too much.
"I can't say right now," Anthony said sheepishly.
However, Anthony did say that distance is not a factor in his decision.
With Michigan's next biggest recruiting event upcoming in August, the BBQ in the Big House, Anthony says that football scheduling might make it difficult for him to make an appearance. However, if his high school coaches allow them to go, then he will be making the trip North to Ann Arbor.