Ask most any NC State fan that follows recruiting and they'll tell you that Wadesboro (NC) Anson County LB Stephone Anthony sits atop their personal wish list. It probably wouldn't be a stretch to suggest that he likely has a similar spot on the Wolfpack coaching staff's recruiting board as well.
What's not to like? At 6-3, 220 pounds Anthony holds a world of talent and potential and that has helped him land dozens of scholarship offers from the likes of NC State, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Florida, LSU, South Carolina and UNC among others.
Rated a five-star prospect and the No. 4 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com, Anthony played in this past weekend's Shrine Bowl and flashed the talent that has college coaches clamoring for his commitment. Anthony talked with Pack Pride about the game, which was dominated by South Carolina, as well as the entire Shrine Bowl experience.
"We got off to an excellent start and it was just a lot of mistakes and not getting us lined up," said Anthony. "We just didn't play well.
"But it was a great experience. We do this and the game is for the kids and that's a special thing because I went to the Shriner's hospital and you really know why you're truly blessed. It was just a great experience and I'll never regret coming here."
Anthony was matched up with a bevy of defensive stars for the North Carolina squad, many of whom already boast offers from major college football programs. So was there anyone on defense that stood out?
"Two guys really stood out to me," said Anthony. "Ben Councell, he's an absolute freak. Also, Domonique Noble, the cornerback. He's a freak, too. He's a head hunter."
Now Anthony will turn most of his attention to recruiting. He gave the impression that a decision on a future college won't come until later in 2011 and after making several official visits.
"As far as recruiting, I'm going to take my official visits and go from there- February 2nd, signing day."
Clemson, NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida and UNC appear to be the main players and each could get one of Anthony's official visits in January. The Wolfpack is scheduled to host the senior ‘backer on January 28 and he talked specifically about NC State.
"With NC State, my thoughts are good with them. Jim Bridge is a great recruiter. He's a great guy, a fun guy to be around. NC State, they had a great year this year and they've got it going.
"He (coach Bridge) just stays after me. I talk to him a lot, and he really gets into it."
Anthony stated that all of the schools on his list are even right now with no favorites. Pack Pride will have all the latest news on Anthony so stay tuned.
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