Anthony Starts to Trim List

Pack Pride talks with four-star linebacker Stephone Anthony and has the latest on his recruiting and whether the Pack made his recent cut.

Anson County's Stephone Anthony is currently rated a four-star prospect and the No. 3 outside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com. There's also a good chance the Wadesboro (NC) standout will be the top rated player in the state when rankings are released later in the year and for good reason.

At 6-2, 220 pounds, Anthony blazed a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at a Shrine Bowl combine earlier this year to go along with a 32.8-inch vertical jump and 18 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.

Anthony backed up those measuarables with an impressive junior season. He finished the year with 120 tackles to go along with 18 tackles for loss and four picks.

As good as he is now, Anthony's upside may very well be what has established him as one of the nation's most sought-after recruits. He now boasts offers from coast to coast and could virtually pick his college.

This past Saturday at Monroe High School, Anthony had a chance to compete against some of the state's top prospects at the Shrine Bowl combine's invitation-only workout. The rising senior told Pack Pride that he relished the opportunity to work out against the best and, despite his status as prime candidate to be the state's top player, felt no pressure to have to go out and make a name for himself.

"It feels good just to get out here and show what you've got," said Anthony. "It was all good. I was just trying to listen to the coaches and learn and do what they say.

"There's no pressure. You've just got to do what you've got to do and do your thing."
                                            
On the recruiting side, Anthony has had the enviable job of narrowing down a laundry list of major college offers. He gave Pack Pride his latest list.

"I've narrowed it down to Florida, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Georgia, NC State and UNC."

For the Wolfpack, their efforts have been headed up by recruiting ace, tight end's coach Jim Bridge. Although a dark horse in the race, those behind the scenes and connected to Anthony say no one has worked harder for his commitment. So what did Anthony have to say about the Pack?

"Oh man, coach Bridge is a great guy. I'm trying to get them in the game and I've just got to get up there and see them some more. I've been up there, some time back in January I think. I made it up there and had a chance to visit the school. I plan to go back and see them again this summer."


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