By Hale McGranahan.
In the first week of November, Clemson defensive coordinator sent word up to Maryland that he was ready to offer a pair of 2017 prospects from Good Counsel High School.
Jordan Anthony and Joshua Paschal attend the same school in Olney that produced Clemson redshirt sophomore linebacker Dorian O’Daniel.
Last month, before Clemson’s 40-6 bowl win over Oklahoma, TheClemsonInsider spoke with Anthony, who’s rated as a four-star athlete by 247.
“One of our coaches,” Anthony said, “He does all of the recruiting and he talked to the (Clemson) coaches and he came up and told me that he was talking to the defensive coordinator and he said that they wanted to offer me, I guess as a linebacker.”
It was offer No. 1 for the 6-foot, 210-pound prospect.
“Everybody is always excited about getting their first offer, so I was pretty excited,” Anthony said. “My cousin goes to school at Clemson, she told me a lot, so I’m looking forward to finding out more about the program and what they’re about.”
Anthony saw the Tigers on TV a couple of times this season.
“I watched them earlier in the year when they played against Florida State,” he said. “Recently, I can’t remember who they just recently played, but I watched that game, too.
“They seem like a nice program…a rising program. Their quarterback, he’s young, he’s a freshman. He’s pretty good, in my opinion, so I think it’s not a bad place.”
Iowa came through with an offer the same day as Clemson. Kentucky followed three days later.
“I might do some (visits) over the summer,” Anthony said. “I’m not sure where. But, as of right now…I’m just focused on school right now.”
Anthony is ranked by 247 as the No. 63 overall prospect in the class of 2017.