Four-star outside linebacker Jordan Anthony enjoyed his trips to Big Ten country, which in visits to Michigan and his home-state Maryland Terrapins.
D.J. Durkin’s pitch was clear and simple. He used the one asset no other head coach can when recruiting 4-star outside linebacker Jordan Anthony.
He told Anthony to come home.
The nation’s No. 12 outside linebacker and No. 160 overall recruit is going into his senior season with the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., but he’s originally from Olney, Md. — a 30-minute drive from the University of Maryland.
“[Durkin was] very enthusiastic,” Anthony told Campus Insiders. “His pitch to me was, ‘This is your home town. You should want to come and put on that jersey.”
His visit with the Terrapins at the end of March went as well as it could have gone.
Despite not playing linebacker since his sophomore season — the year before he transferred to IMG — Anthony has defensive coaches’ full attention. Linebackers coach Matt Barnes tried to help the 4-star recruit envision growing with the Terps on the defensive side of the ball.
“[Coach Barnes] brought me into his office and put my film up there from my sophomore year,” he said. “If I came there we’d work on everything, sharpen up and get better.”
While Anthony prefers to play linebacker at the next level, Durkin’s old team, the Michigan Wolverines, is willing to let Anthony try his hand at both sides of the ball. At least, that’s what Jim Harbaugh told him after the Michigan head coach learned Anthony — who spent his junior year at running back — played linebacker, too.
“It was great. I loved it. My parents definitely loved it, too. They had a great time. It was great meeting [Harbaugh]. We talked about life,” Anthony said. “When [Harbaugh] first saw me, when he came down to IMG games, he was looking at me as a running back. He didn’t know I played linebacker. He didn’t have a problem playing me both ways.”
That possibility of playing both ways isn’t the only intriguing aspect to the 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker.
Anthony also wants to play college baseball, though he didn’t have a chance to meet with the baseball coaches at either school. He’s planning on checking those boxes the next time he visits Maryland and Michigan.
Another school Anthony would like to visit to is Georgia. He was one of the 18 players the Bulldogs offered recently.
Coach Smart’s power move may have Anthony and his teammates considering Georgia, but he’ll have to fall in line with the Terps and Wolverines as programs jockeying for position for the two-way, two-sport star.
Note: Scout rankings and ratings used in this article.
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