Pack Takes Lead for Standout Virginia Defender

Marcus Anthony made his first trip to NC State this past weekend and it appears the trip was a resounding success for the Wolfpack coaches. Could a commitment be on the horizon?

NC State was the first school to offer DE Marcus Anthony from Patrick Henry High School in Ashland, Va., yet, the Wolfpack lagged behind several other schools when the senior lineman named his top schools over the summer. However, all of that changed when Anthony made his first visit to State this past weekend.

At 6-2, 251 pounds, Anthony boasts 4.7-second speed in the 40-yard dash. Last season was a productive one as he tallied 65 tackles and 10 sacks en route to all-district and all-region honors. The Pack has been hot and heavy on Anthony's trail for months and that hard worked seemed to pay off on Sunday as the Wolfpack established themselves as the team to beat.

"Man, I had a great visit," said Anthony. "I was completely blown away- the excitement, the fans. I've been to a lot of places, Maryland, Virginia and that place was just the best. I was just really blown away by the fans.

"I really think that's the place for me. I'm going to talk to my family about it and I want to talk to my coaches. But, I think their style and the way they play defense is for me. I think I could be deciding something real soon."

Virginia has been the main competition for Anthony and he admits that the important decision for him has been whether he wants to play LB or DE in college. Watching Wolfpack DE's Manny Lawson and Mario Williams in person may have helped him make up his mind.

"The thing for me is whether I wanted to play in a 3-4 defense or play with my hand in the dirt," said Anthony. "But after watching Manny and Mario, they really get after it and that just took me by surprise."

For now, Anthony says he's got a top five of NC State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Clemson. However, the Pack appears to have raced ahead of the others.

"Right now I would say it's a big gap between State and the rest," said Anthony. "I would put State at 50% and Virginia at 20%. The rest would be at 10%. I just felt really welcome at State and at home. I would still like to visit Virginia and maybe take a trip down to see Clemson."

Anthony will begin his senior season this Friday night.

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