Anthony Attends First UNC Game

Stephone Anthony has visited North Carolina several times in the past. However, Saturday marked the first time the five-star linebacker attended a football game in Kenan Stadium.

"It went real good," Anthony said. "It was real different and it was good to finally get up to Carolina for a football game and get a chance to check the atmosphere out and get around the coaches again."

Anthony, a 6-foot-2, 221-pounder, made the visit with Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County teammate and UNC verbal commitment Brandon Ellerbe.

"[The visit] was basically a learning process for me," Anthony said. "The atmosphere around the game was good. The fans were down, but it was fine because they lost the game. The atmosphere was real good and it was fun."

Ironically, the football game pitted two of Anthony's favorites against one another – UNC and Virginia Tech.

"Going into the game, I really didn't look at it like that," Anthony said. "I hardly realized it. It's two of the schools I'm considering. But it won't affect my decision because teams are going to have good days and bad days… I'm just going to choose my school for the reasons I want to."

Outside of the game, Anthony was able to have quick conversations with Butch Davis, Sam Pittman, and Everett Withers.

"I got a chance to get around them and renew the relationship," Anthony said. "They just talked to me about the game and how the atmosphere was going to be. And just basically asking me how I was doing and how my family was."

While on campus, Anthony also had conversations with several fellow recruits, including Devonte Brown, Germone Hopper, and UNC verbal commitments Eric Ebron, Travis Riley, and T.J. Thorpe.

"[The UNC commitments] were going to represent North Carolina," Anthony said. "But they really weren't trying to recruit me. They were just telling me about Carolina."

Anthony, whose senior football season ended a week ago without a playoff berth, has begun to work on his official visit schedule. He doesn't have any trips planned yet, but says Florida, Clemson, and Virginia Tech will receive a visit, while Georgia, LSU, UNC, and NC State are under consideration for his final two slots.

"I'm trying to get those scheduled," Anthony said. "I want to get one in before I head to the Shrine Bowl – hopefully I can get that worked out."

Anthony, who will play in the Under Armour All-American Game, plans on announcing his collegiate destination on Signing Day.

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