5-Star LB Visits Virginia Tech

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Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.) linebacker Stephone Anthony , one of the top 2011 class prospects in the nation, was in Blacksburg last Saturday on an unofficial visit. Virginia Tech, which defeated ECU that day, impressed the 6-3, 220-pound standout, who answers whether or not the University of Florida remains the favorite for his signature.

“Yes sir, I would say Florida is still the favorite,” Anthony answered. “I really do need to get down there again and then I’ll really know where I am.”

It seems safe to say that Saturday’s experience helped Virginia Tech, which joins Clemson, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and N.C. State in the 5-star senior’s final six.

“It impacted me a lot,” said Anthony, referring to the Virginia Tech visit. “What I like about Virginia Tech is that it’s three-and-a-half hours away from me. It has what I want in a school. And I could be coached by the best defensive coach in the country in Bud Foster. It would be a good opportunity for me to go in and compete.”

Anthony enjoyed a busy day on Saturday.

“The experience was real good,” he said. “I got to see that the new facility finally got up and that was good to see. I got to see what Bud Foster is doing with the defense. The team really got going in the second half.”

The star linebacker wanted to get to know the coaches and players a little bit better with this visit. He was able to do so.

“The coaches are great coaches. They’ve been building the program for a while now,” Anthony said. “They are great coaches. The fellas are good. They are a family. They love to have fun and play football.”

There are no other visits scheduled at this time, though, as mentioned earlier, Anthony wants to get to Gainesville to see Florida. Without question, the Florida visit will be extremely important. In the meantime, Anthony, who made the trek to Tech alongside teammates Brandon Ellerbe (UNC commit) and Jonathan Hough, will continue to focus on his senior season.

Known for his defensive abilities