Clemson coaches have final visit with top LB Anthony


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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney was in home with linebacker Stephone Anthony (Anson HS, Wadesboro, NC) Thursday evening, his last contact with the 5-star recruit before National Signing Day next week.

Defensive coordinator Kevin Steele also met with Anthony at the school on Thursday, and he was later joined by Swinney and line coach Dan Brooks. The pair also met with defensive back Brandon Ellerbe, who is currently committed to North Carolina.

Anson head coach Luke Hyatt said the visits cap off a busy week.


“Coach Foster [DC Bud Foster] and Coach Sherman [WR coach Kevin Sherman] were in here earlier this week from Virginia Tech,” Hyatt told TigerNet Thursday evening. “And then the Clemson coaches were in today, and they talked to both Brandon and Stephone. It has been a busy few weeks for all of us, and now it’s ready to wind down.

“I think Brandon is still committed to North Carolina, and that is where he will wind up. For Stephone, he is now down to the schools he really likes, and there isn’t really a bad choice he can make. The Clemson coaches, they are the last ones to come in this week, and I think this is going to wrap up the whole recruiting process. I know they can’t come back this week or come next week, so this is the final chapter.”

Anthony (6-3, 222) is the top-ranked player in the state of North Carolina regardless of position, the 24th-ranked player nationally, and he is rated as the third-best outside linebacker in the country. He will visit North Carolina this weekend, while a visit to North Carolina St. has been cancelled.


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