Stephone Anthony Announcement: Where Will The LB Recruit Sign?
Stephone Anthony remains one of the nation's top recruits just one day before National Signing Day.
Anthony is a 5-star linebacker and considered perhaps the best tackling prospect in the country. The 6'3'', 220-pound Anthony will decide between five schools on National Signing Day and it's already understood that he'll make an immediate impact wherever he does end up going.
Anthony has a unique skill set at the linebacker position and his speed and perfect size put him a step ahead of the competition—internal and external—for next fall and beyond.
Anthony is prepared to decided between five ACC schools, all of which are competing hard against each other to finish the recruiting season on top.
Here is our take on Stephone Anthony's announcement.
Stephone Anthony Finalist: Clemson
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
Anthony took his official visit to Clemson on Jan. 14 and remains a top target for the Tigers.
Clemson has compiled a solid recruiting class this season and would add to what is one of the best offensive groups with a defensive stalwart if Anthony chooses Clemson.
Stephone Anthony Finalist: Florida
Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images
Anthony took a visit to Florida earlier this month and had Florida at the head of the class earlier in the recruiting process.
Much like Clemson, the Gators have compiled an impressive offensive group of recruits. They're aiming at solidifying their defensive front for years to come in the heavy recruitment of Anthony.
Stephone Anthony Finalist: North Carolina
Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
The Tarheels remain very much in the game for Anthony's services. The in-state recruit took his official visit to Chapel Hill this past weekend.
Anthony remains the Tarheels' top-ranked recruit on the board and would undoubtedly add to what has been a solid class for UNC.
The Tarheels lost out on Savon Huggins when he committed to Rutgers last week, but landing Anthony would surely make up for that and more.
Stephone Anthony Finalists: North Carolina State
Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images
North Carolina State remains the only finalist that the linebacker didn't make an official visit to.
The Wolfpack lack a marquee name in their recruiting class and would certainly see a boost from the addition of Anthony but the possibility remains remote.
Stephone Anthony Finalist: Virginia Tech
Marc Serota/Getty Images
Anthony took his official visit to Virginia Tech last weekend and was just one of many highly-touted targets for the Hokies.
Virginia Tech's class is improving by the day and is led by defensive tackle Kris Harley.
Stephone Anthony: Prediction
Clemson overtook Florida for the lead in the recruitment of Anthony earlier this month and it appears that is still the case.
With Charone Peake, Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant, the Tigers' offense is set up for the next few years.
Anthony will help bolster the defense and push Clemson back into the mix in the ACC.