A year ago, Eyabi Anoma wasn’t playing high school football. Now, he has collected close to double-digit scholarship offers, including one from Clemson that he received on Thursday.
As a junior this season, his first playing football at the high school level, Anoma suited up for St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, Md., and recorded 24 sacks and more than 60 tackles as a defensive end.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder is already listed as the No. 9 prospect in the ESPN Junior 300 rankings, and he has seen his success rewarded in a short period of time with offers from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Syracuse and West Virginia, as well as the most recent offer from Clemson.
The Clemson Insider caught up with Anoma, who said he was happy that Clemson offered.
“Coach just told me,” Anoma said of how he found out about the offer. “I’m blessed to receive it.”
Anoma had wanted to play football for a while, but didn’t think he would get much out of the sport at his previous school, Randallstown High in Randallstown, Md.
That changed, though, once he transferred to St. Frances. And his decision to play this season turned out to be better made late than never.
“It’s surprising,” Anoma said of his success this year.
Anoma believes coaches like his work ethic and intensity on the field.
“I never give up on a play,” Anoma said, “and my motor.”
As for Clemson, Anoma likes the school from what he knows about it.
“I love the hill (run),” Anoma said, “and the facilities I have seen.”
Anoma visited Pittsburgh and Maryland during the season, and he is already planning a trip to Clemson.
“I’m going to check out one of their home (basketball) games soon,” Anoma said, “after Christmas.”
Anoma’s first offers are just the beginning for him, and he is sure to become a target of more and more top schools as his talent continues to be discovered.
Right now, he is simply keeping his options open.
“I’m open to all schools,” he said.
Anoma is rated by ESPN as the No. 1 prospect in Maryland, the No. 2 prospect regionally and the No. 3 prospect at his position nationally.