2017 Season Countdown: #58 Jordan Anthony

2017 Season Countdown: #58 Jordan Anthony


July 3, 2017

Jordan Anthony (image via Scout)

Name: Jordan Anthony
Height: 6’0″
Weight: 220 lbs.
High school: Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Position: Linebacker
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: N/A
Last year: Anthony was a senior in high school.
TTB Rating: 79

Anthony was a nice win on the recruiting trail for Michigan’s staff. Early on when he lived in Maryland, it looked like he would stay on the East Coast, quite possibly at Maryland. Once he transferred to IMG Academy in Florida, it seemed like he became more open to playing elsewhere. He was rumored to be a silent commitment to Michigan for several months, and he finally made it public in December.

I have some questions about Anthony, partly because of size and partly because of him bouncing around from position to position. He played running back almost exclusively as a junior, and then he returned to the linebacker position as a senior. Rivals saw enough out of him to bump him up to a 5-star prospect, which is a little surprising for a guy who’s probably not even 6’0″ and who doesn’t seem to have truly elite athleticism. Those questions aside, I do have Anthony ranked as the most likely freshman to contribute in 2017. He has the positional flexibility to contribute at either WILL or SAM, and Michigan has a need for contributors at both positions. I also think he has the quickness to overcome some size deficiencies, and we saw a similar player (Devin Bush, Jr.) contribute last year.

Prediction: Backup linebacker

2 comments

  1. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Jul 03, 2017 at 3:02 PM

    Interesting to look at the BC ’15 defense’s depth chart. One jumbo MLB and 2 converted safeties outside:

    SLB

    Matt Milano 6-1 218 Jr.
    Kevin Bletzer 6-2 217 R-Fr.
    Sherriff Grice 6-1 201 Fr.

    MLB

    Steven Daniels 6-0 257 Sr.
    Connor Strachan 6-2 230 So.

    WLB

    Ty Schwab 6-1 222 So.
    Mike Strizak 6-2 239

    My takeaways:
    SAM is not really a thing Michigan “needs”.
    Anywhere from 225-260 is probably OK for the 2 ILB spots.

  2. Lanknows
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    Lanknows
    Jul 03, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    Anthony was listed at 235 on the mgoblue bio.

    I still have no idea who will win the battle for playing time between Ross/Anthony/Singleton but if the listed weights are true Anthony is probably closest.

    I would have put all 3 in the low 40s probably. Highly volatile though, as the slightest hint of buzz could elevate one and drop the others.

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