Marc Anthony is pretty glad he didn’t travel over 2000 miles for nothing. The talented defensive back came all the way from Chandler, AZ to Ann Arbor for the Wolverine Technique School last month. After putting his skills on display in front of the coaching staff he left town knowing that they wanted him in the Maize & Blue.
”It was nice,” he said. “I met Mario Manningham and I talked to Mike Hart. I got to meet all the coaches, especially my position coach (Vance Bedford). They taught me technique, how they run the program, and all that. Then I went up to talk to Lloyd Carr and got my offer.”
The offer was Anthony’s 16th and most recent, with two coming from Big Ten country (the other from Illinois). He recently reported that Michigan was in his top three along with California and Nebraska, but a decision won’t be coming too soon.
”I’ll probably decide in mid-season or maybe even after the season,” Anthony said. “It’s going to come down a lot to the coaches, what the depth chart is looking like, playing time and academics.”
Early playing time is something which could be had with the Wolverines, especially if the 6’0, 185-pounder continues the technical work he put in at camp and also continues to show the versatility the Wolverines see in him.
”They said I could possibly play corner or safety depending on how much weight I can add,” said Anthony, who most schools are recruiting as a corner. “In 1-on-1’s I did very good. I had some technique problems and then Coach English (U-M defensive coordinator and safeties coach) talked to me and I corrected my mistakes.”
Anthony happened to come to the Midwest in June though, when it was at least 50 degrees warmer than it is during some blustery winter days in Michigan. But this is one Southwest player who is more focused on other things.
”Well, coming from Arizona, it’s real hot,” said Anthony.
“But once I got there, Michigan was real old fashioned and a real college
town -- and that’s what I like."
"Everyone shows Michigan a lot of love. Everyone’s about it: if you play football, they know you there.”