Pack Making A Move?

Wadesboro (NC) Anson County standout linebacker Stephone Anthony is the top player in the state of North Carolina, and as his senior season winds down he is starting to focus some of his attention on his college recruitment.

Wadesboro (NC) Anson County standout linebacker Stephone Anthony is the top player in the state of North Carolina, and as his senior season winds down he is starting to focus some of his attention on his college recruitment.

With dozens of scholarship offers, Anthony can almost pick whatever college he wants to attend. Rated the No. 3 outside linebacker in the country by Scout.com, he has already given one commitment.

"I actually recently committed to play in the Under Armour All-American Game," said Anthony. "I feel real good about that. It's down in Florida in the middle of Disney and should be a great experience for me."

Anthony's experience at the game should be memorable for him as he plans on also finalizing his college decision while down in Orlando.

"I know when I'll be committing," he stated. "It's going to be on January 5th at the Under Armour Game. That's why I've started to focus in on taking some visits and getting my schedule set up so that I'll be ready to pick my college."

Anthony was in Raleigh a couple of weeks ago checking out NC State.

"My NC State visit was great," he said. "Coach Bridge is a great guy, a great recruiter. He's really coming after me. It was great for me to get up to State and get a feel for the atmosphere and the environment.

"When I got there I was able to hang out with Terrell Manning and Nate Irving, State's linebackers. They are two great players and are really getting it done at the linebacker position. That was cool hanging with them."

Early in the process Anthony listed NC State but the Wolfpack appeared to be on the outside looking in. However, he indicated that is no longer the case.

"It's safe to say State has made a big move for me," Anthony said. "That program is coming along real strong. A lot of people doubted that program, but they don't realize how hard they had been hit by injuries. NC State has a great staff that is working out the kinks and are up there turning things around."

"My NC State visit was great."

Anthony's most recent visit was to Gainesville, Florida for an unofficial trip to the University of Florida.

"I had a good time down at Florida," he said. "It was good for me to get down there and get around the coaches again... get a feel for everything. That was my first game. I enjoyed it a lot."

Next up will be Clemson. The Tigers host Maryland on Saturday and Anthony plans on being in attendance.

"I actually just got off the phone with coach Steele from Clemson and I'm planning on going down there this weekend for their game. At Clemson I expect to see a family atmosphere, and I want to get down there and get around the coaches... get a feel for it again.

"After this upcoming visit I'm really not sure where else I'm going to be able to make it to before the season is over. I need to finish setting up my schedule and everything, but I know I'll be trying to get back over to Georgia for a visit."

With his decision just months away, Anthony is focusing on six schools. He had previously stated that he had a solid leader but has since opened his recruitment back up.

"I have a top six that I like," he said. "Those are Florida, Virginia Tech, Clemson, Georgia, NC State, and UNC.

"I wouldn't name a favorite in that top six. It's kind of wide open for me now. I was liking Florida a lot and after talking with my family about it all as we get closer I want to even things up and see how I feel about everything when the time comes to make a decision."

What is Anthony looking for in a school?

"When this thing is all said and done I'm hoping to find myself a place with a great family atmosphere," he stated. "I want to be comfortable with everything about the school and I want to go to a place I can win and hopefully move on to the next level."


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