VT Looking To Sway Top Target

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As January began, Virginia Tech was set to host three uncommitted targets this weekend. Due to recent developments only one will make the trip, but the one is a big one. Under Armour All-American >Stephone Anthony, a 6-3, 225-pound linebacker out of Anson (Wadesboro, N.C.), is expected to arrive today for his official visit to Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech will be the third school Anthony has officially visited. He went to Florida the first weekend in January and Clemson last weekend. N.C. State is also on the schedule for January 28 and I expect Anthony to make that visit. North Carolina is also under consideration. This weekend, though, it’s Virginia Tech’s turn to impress.

Anthony, a cousin of current Tech linebacker Barquell Rivers, has been to Virginia Tech before on unofficial visits, including once for last year’s Spring Game and again for the East Carolina game last fall. Here are some of his quotes following the visits.

“It impacted me a lot,” Anthony said after attending last September’s win over the Pirates. “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.”

Following the Spring Game, he said, “I think they made a real good impression on me. 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.”

Anthony has seemingly developed a good comfort level with the coaches at Tech. Bottom-line, Tech is in position to land the top talent. It’s not a lock, though. The other three ACC schools — I do think Anthony plays his college football in the ACC — are all very serious suitors. The Clemson official went very well and N.C. State will get the last chance to impress. It’s also tough to count out Florida, but the coaching change will have an impact here in my opinion.

The Tech staff will have help in trying to sway Anthony. We have confirmed that defensive end Dewayne Alford,