Anthony takes first official
Rivals100 linebacker Stephone Anthony out of Wadesboro (N.C.) Anson took his first official visit this past weekend. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder went from the Under Armor game to Florida on Thursday.
"Oh man, Florida went really well," he said. "I'm more happy that my parents got a chance to get down there and see how things went. They seemed to like things and they think Coach Muschamp is a good guy."
Anthony arrived on Thursday afternoon.
"I got there and we left Friday night since my parents had to be back," he said. "We did the regular things, we went through all the academic stuff. We ate dinner and just hung out with the guys. We got a chance to talk to the coaches and get a feel for them."
Anthony was hosted on the visit by defensive end Ronald Powell.
"He's a great guy, fun to be around and he kept it straight forward to me, he told me about Florida."
Obviously the emphasis of the visit was time with the new coaching staff and he touched on that further.
"I know that was the biggest thing, after the coaching change we wanted to get our questions answered and get a feel again, everything went well," he said. "My parents took to the visit well, they enjoyed themselves. They were happy to see Coach Muschamp and things went well.
"Coach Muschamp is a standup guy, he's a great guy, with a great attitude. He's defensive minded and that can help me in the long run."
Muschamp went further about the defense the four-star could be joining.
"It's going to be more of a 3-4 system where I can play the mike or will," he said. "He just really kept it straight forward with me. He told me I'll have a chance to compete from the start since everything is new.
"I think the defense plays well and gives them a chance to put more athletes on the field. With the guys upfront, it would be good help for us."
Anthony is reluctant to name leaders as he heads on another trip next week.
"I'm going to the drawing board, it's pretty wide open for me," he said. "I'm just ready to get my parents around those guys at Clemson. I want to see what they think."
Meanwhile, Anthony briefly talked about his showing in the Under Armor All-American Game.
"Oh man, it was a great experience, it was fun to be down there with those guys and compete," he said. "I feel like I didn't get a chance to make a big play. I was trying to make one, but I played really well and did my job."