Anthony is another player that was offered on Penn State’s Junior Day about a week and a half ago. After taking 4 defensive backs in the 2013 class, it seems pretty clear that O’Brien, and new defensive coordinator John Butler are intent on adding another talented piece or two to the secondary. Anthony would be a solid addition.
247 gives Anthony 4-stars, and the composite ranking shows him as the 7th best prospect in Pennsylvania. While most services list Davis as a cornerback, PSU is pursuing him as a safety, something that does not appear to be an issue for the Gateway High School product. In addition to Penn State, Anthony has offers from West Virginia, Temple, Nebraska, Maryland, and Texas Tech. Early indications are the top 3 are PSU, WVU, and Temple. The offer and full junior day experience definitely left Anthony with a favorable impression of Happy Valley. The Lions are also recruiting his teammate and fellow DB, safety Montae Nicholson, although it would seem unlikely the Lions take 2 safeties in this class
Looking at Anthony’s sophomore film, I am very impressed by his tackling ability, especially when you take into account his age. It’s easy to see why the staff views him as a safety with that ability. Plus, a 6’1″, 185 lb. body on a high school junior is likely to be able to easily put on some extra size to take on the safety position.
An interesting side note to both Anthony and his teammate Nicholson, is the apparent reconnection between the Gateway staff and PSU. Things appeared to have been strained in the latter years of the previous regime, as PSU was hardly even considered by some of the top players in the state to go through Gateway. O’Brien and the rest of the staff have done a great job of reaching out not only to Gateway, but to high schools all across Pennsylvania that had begun to feel disconnected from Penn State.
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