Stephone Anthony leads available OLBs
With national signing day (Feb. 2) around the corner, here is a look at the top uncommitted outside linebackers.
Stephone Anthony (Wadesboro, N.C./Anson Senior)Player rank: 32 | Position rank: 1 | Grade: 82 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-foot-2 | Weight: 220 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: Anthony's biggest strength is his coverage ability, and he has baited many quarterbacks into throwing an errant pass in his area. A good, reliable tackler that goes at the quarterback aggressively on the blitz, Anthony is also strong on the run and can navigate through traffic to get to the ball carrier.
Recruiting update: Anthony is visiting Virginia Tech this weekend and plans on visiting both N.C. State and North Carolina next week. He has already taken his officials to Clemson and Florida and says all five schools are even.
Curt Maggitt (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer)Player rank: 63 | Position rank: 3 | Grade: 81 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-3 | Weight: 194 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: Maggitt's game is speed and explosion. He has an advanced level of explosion off the snap and he can run with anyone. At around 200 pounds he definitely needs to get bigger and stronger at the next level, but he's so disruptive with his quickness that he finds ways to shed blockers and make plays.
Recruiting update: Maggitt has taken his officials to LSU, Alabama, Wisconsin and most recently Tennessee. His final visit is to Florida next weekend.
Lamar Dawson (Danville, Ky./Boyle County)Player rank: NR | Position rank: 20 | Grade: 79 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-2 | Weight: 230 pounds | Evaluation
Why they want him: What you like about the 6-2, 230-pounder right away is his ability to run toward the ball carrier and lay the hit. He also has some pretty advanced coverage skills and will go after the football to generate a turnover. Very athletic with a high motor, Dawson is a solid prospect.
Recruiting update: Kentucky is hoping to keep him in state, but Dawson is visiting UCF this weekend and will be heading to Tennessee on Jan. 28. He has already visited Kentucky, Oregon and USC. Dawson will announce on signing day.
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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