Virginia Tech’s Kevin Sherman was one of four coaches to call Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.) linebacker Stephone Anthony on September 1, which was the first day college coaches can call senior recruits. What did Sherman say to one of Tech’s top remaining targets?
“We just got on the phone and talked about football. He talked about how much of a need they have at linebacker and how I fit their scheme and things like that,” recalled the 6-3, 220-pound linebacker prospect.
Coaches from Clemson, Florida and North Carolina called as well. The primary theme from all was pretty much the same.
“Each guy told me about the opportunity I’d have at their school,” Anthony said.
This summer, Anthony narrowed his list to Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia Tech. Not much has changed with Florida continuing to have the edge for the big-time prospect.
“Everything’s still the same,” Anthony said. “I still like the Gators and that’s what it is right now.”
Anthony has visited Florida once unofficially, but “I just want to see more from them and from other schools as well,” he said.
When all is said and done, Anthony wants to have made all five official visits before committing. He only knows of three definite official visit destinations at this time.
“Right now I know of three I definitely want to visit,” Anthony said. “Florida, Virginia Tech and Clemson are definite. I haven’t set anything yet, though.”
Anthony’s 2010 season isn’t going as planned in terms of the team’s success, though he is putting on a strong performance on both sides of the ball.
“We’re off to a rough start right now,” said Anthony, who starts at linebacker and also plays running back. “We’re 0-2. It’s just about getting confidence. We have a bunch of young guys playing in some important positions. That’s no excuse, though. We just have to get better.
“Individually, I’m playing pretty strong. Offense-wise, I’m helping out. I’m scoring touchdowns and helping the team. I’m not carrying the ball full time, but at least 10 times a game. On defense, I feel better. And I think I have gotten a step faster.”