UNC in Anthony's Top Three

North Carolina has moved up on Stephone Anthony's list of favorite schools.

"I have Carolina No. 3 on my list now," said Anthony, a 6-foot-2, 221-pound linebacker from Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson County and the No. 1 in-state prospect.

UNC leaped from fifth to third in Anthony's mind. His top two – Florida first and Clemson second – remain unchanged, while Virginia Tech, Georgia, and NC State (in order) round out the remainder of the list.

"I had a chance to get down there and get around the people [of those schools]," Anthony said. "The people are real similar and I just see myself fitting in their system and playing some good football."

Anthony will announce his collegiate destination at the Under Armour All-American Game in early January.

"The Gators, one thing that separates that program is Florida is Florida," Anthony said. "It's just the people down there and surrounding yourself with great players and giving yourself the best chance for success in life and it's just a great family atmosphere down there."

Anthony has visited each of his favorite schools at least once and hopes to revisit each again before the end of the summer. He also plans to take all five of his official visits.

Anthony's most recent campus visit occurred three weeks ago when he spent three days at UNC. His teammate, Brandon Ellerbe, and head coach, Luke Hyatt, made the trip with him.

"I really liked this visit," Anthony said. "I got a chance to see Carolina some more. Carolina, it's a great place and they're going to do some great things there. The coaches there are great coaches – they are some great guys and fun people to be around."

The visit was Anthony's third to Chapel Hill.

"This time I got to actually get around the players and sit down and talk to those guys," Anthony said.

In particular, Anthony spent time with Brian Gupton, Greg Little, and Deunta Williams.

"They were just talking to us and having a good time," Anthony said. "[They discussed] why they chose Carolina and what they think of the school."

Anthony's stay overlapped with UNC's first two-day camp, which Hyatt worked. However, Anthony chose not to work out.

"[I was] just hanging out – to get a chance to meet the players some more, get around the coaches some more, and just get a chance to meet some more people," Anthony said.

Despite not working out, Anthony spent a lot of time on the practice field observing the camp – particularly Art Kaufman as he coached up the linebackers.

"I love the way [Kaufman] coaches," Anthony said. "He's going to coach you hard and show his love for you."

Anthony didn't get many opportunities to meet with any of UNC's assistant coaches, individually. However, he spent time and spoke with each coach at some point during his stay.

"One thing I like about those guys: they really weren't trying to force Carolina on me," Anthony said. "They want me to be happy – either Carolina is going to be the place for me or it's not going to be. I really liked that.

"They showed me that they really believe in their program and what they think of it."

During the visit, Ellerbe, who Anthony considers his best friend, switched his verbal commitment from Clemson to UNC.

"It does not affect me at all," Anthony said. "I just want him to be happy. Wherever he goes, he goes. If we end up at the same place, we just end up at the same place."

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