Anthony Discusses Spring Game Experience

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Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.) linebacker Stephone Anthony made the trek to Blacksburg for Tech’s Spring Game. The 6-3, 220-pound junior enjoyed the opportunity to see Tech in action, talk to the coaches including head coach Frank Beamer and defensive coordinator Bud Foster and spend some time with his cousin, Barquell Rivers.

“I think they made a real good impression on me,” Anthony said of the experience. “I got a chance to talk to a lot of guys. I met with Bud Foster to see what his plans are for me. I talked to Michael Vick. It was a good day.”

Coach Beamer is “real cool,” Anthony said. “Just from shaking hands with him, I could tell he is down to earth. I met with Coach Beamer and Kevin Sherman and a host of other coaches. Basically, I was trying to get a feel for them. I could tell they are real interested in me. They are just good people.”

Anthony enjoyed the day with Rivers as well.

“I hung out with him all day,” Anthony said. “I met a couple of guys and met some more football players. They all seem like good people and fun.”

Anthony is being recruited by Virginia Tech as a Whip linebacker. What does he think of the position?

“I feel it would fit my game perfectly,” he said. Coach Foster indicated that Anthony would have a chance to compete for early playing time at the position. “I could play in space, play in pass coverage and make plays.”

Finally, Anthony commented on the NFL presence at the Spring Game.

“It shows you what Virginia Tech can do for you,” he said.

Despite a good visit, Virginia Tech wasn’t able to take over the top spot from Florida for Anthony’s services. Coach Beamer and company do, however, remain firmly in contention for the Tar Heel state standout.

“There is Florida and then there is Clemson, VT and I’d say the Trojans,” said Anthony, who is considering over 20 official FBS offers. He does not plan to make a commitment