Anthony Makes First UNC Visit

Stephone Anthony was among the huge group of recruits at North Carolina's Junior Day on Saturday. The visit marked his first to Chapel Hill.

"It's a real nice place with real nice facilities, good people, and it's an environment I could get used to," Anthony said.

Anthony, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County, made the trip with his head football coach, Luke Hyatt, and teammate and fellow UNC recruit Brandon Ellerbe.

"It was a good chance to get out and see the No. 1 defense in the ACC and I really enjoyed it a lot," Anthony said. "It was real exciting. I got a chance to meet Bruce Carter, Quan Sturdivant, [Deunta] Williams, and big Robert Quinn. It was a good opportunity to meet some future first round picks.

"I pretty much liked the way they did things. What the linebackers were doing is very similar to what we do in practice."

Additionally, Anthony's visit included a one-on-one meeting with Butch Davis.

"He just talked about the program, how he builds programs up like ‘the U' [Miami], how he coached with the Cowboys and won two Super Bowls – just talked football," Anthony said.

Anthony has collected approximately 20 scholarship offers, with Miami, Texas Tech, Southern Cal, and UCLA being the latest to offer.

Anthony claims to be "wide open" to each school that has offered him. But he admitted that UNC is ahead of the other in-state schools.

"If I stay in-state, [UNC] would be the school I go to," Anthony said.

Before the summer starts, Anthony hopes to narrow his focus to five schools.

Since the football season ended, Anthony has taken one other recruiting trip – NC State's Junior Day. He said he's in the process of scheduling a trip to Florida for the week of his spring break.

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