FB/LB Anthony Takes Rutgers Official Visit

Andover (Mass.) Phillips Academy FB/LB Max Anthony is on his first official visit, where Rutgers has been in the picture for his recruitment. Anthony spoke with Scarlet Report about his upcoming Rutgers visit, and how the Scarlet Knights came into the picture in his recruitment.

Andover (Mass.) Phillips Academy’s Max Anthony began a Rutgers official visit Friday where the Scarlet Knights lead for his services at the preferred walk-on level.

Anthony told Scout that Rutgers is on top among three walk-on offers, and this weekend is his first trip to campus.

“Rutgers is definitely my No. 1, but Syracuse and Central Florida have both given me that same preferred walk-on deal,” Anthony said. “… I don’t really mind being a walk-on because I’m just blessed with the opportunity to join a good college program. I’ve been talking with the coaches a bunch, and they seem confident in me being a player there. They seem like great guys.”

Anthony did not visit Syracuse or UCF, but said he could before a final decision. As a preferred walk-on, Anthony does not have to decide by National Signing Day.

Anthony was born in Morristown, N.J., where he lived for five years before a move to New York. The 6-foot-2, 240-pound athlete played high-school ball at Albany (N.J.) Christian Brothers Academy where former Scarlet Knight running back Joe Burke is the head coach.

“I’m very close with him, and that’s how I first got word and got interested in Rutgers,” Anthony said. “He’s a great coach, and he said good things about Rutgers.”

Anthony is also aware of the walk-on story of fullback Michael Burton, who earned a scholarship and became a team captain.

“They told me about that,” Anthony said. “Hopefully they see some similarities in me.”

Fullback or linebacker is to be determined for Anthony, who said he will play wherever fits.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to play big-time football,” Anthony said. “… I think you’re going to see a guy that works hard and loves hard work. I buy in to the whole team aspect of football. I’m there to support my teammates. I have strong leadership skills.”

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