Name: Jordan Anthony
Weight: 245 lbs.
High school: Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy
Class: Redshirt sophomore
Jersey number: #34
Last year: I ranked Anthony #78 and said he would be a backup linebacker and special teamer (LINK). He played in seven games and made 4 tackles.
TTB Rating: 79
Some people might say it’s getting late early for Jordan Anthony. It’s hard to remember that he was a 5-star prospect to Rivals in 2017 and ranked no lower than #107 overall to any of the sites (that was 247 Sports). He redshirted as a freshman and only played linebacker in four games as a redshirt freshman.
Don Brown has rather consistently just stuck with a three-man rotation at inside linebacker during key moments during his three years as Michigan’s defensive coordinator. Anthony was the odd man out last season when Joshua Ross got a bunch of snaps, and this year that odd man out looks to be Cameron McGrone. I think the battle between Anthony and McGrone is a pretty tight one, but I think Anthony will take the victory by a hair. The big question is what happens going forward into 2020. Anthony, McGrone, and the two starters (Ross and Devin Gil) will still have eligibility, leaving a logjam at the position unless someone leaves for the NFL.
Prediction: Backup inside linebacker