In our eyes one of the top cornerbacks here in the state of Georgia is Kaleb Anthony out of ELCA. It was probably during the state title that notion solidified, but after seeing the speedy athlete live, we were sold on his college potential.
To put simply, Anthony has some of the best film you can find at his position here in Georgia. From our scouting chair, we are positive that the 2021 athlete is a FBS caliber football player, but his recruitment was not exactly quick coming out of the gates, and to some extent (especially certain local programs), he is still heavily slept on.
“Recruiting was quiet at first, but once I got my first offer it really took off from there. I’m really enjoying the process,” Anthony said.
Lately, Anthony has received offers from Akron, Bryant, Air Force and Army to go along with a South Alabama offer from earlier this year. Even more encouraging, there is a lot of recruiting smoke circling around Anthony, and he is hearing from schools like Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Samford, Northwestern and UConn – to go along with the aforementioned schools who have already offered.
The All-Region cornerback stands 6′ and 175 lbs. and does a really impressive job of breaking on the football out in the flat, then making quick explosive tackles. That play recognition is something Anthony takes pride in.
“My biggest strength on the field is play recognition and football IQ. I watch a lot of videos of NFL players teach the game and it helps a lot.”
Even though Anthony has some of the better open field tackling film that we have seen among the 2021 cornerback class, he still believes that is an area to improve. “My biggest weakness is probably going for the big hit rather then playing the ball, which I’ve worked this whole offseason on,” he stated.
This offseason Anthony has added weight and continued to improve on each side of the football. “I’ve improved by getting out of my break way faster. I’ve gained 10 more pounds and I’ve been working on my route running for this season.”
Adapting to life during the virus has not been the easiest, but Anthony has made due with a few of his teammates prior to the GHSA allowing team workouts.
“Yeah, before GHSA let us workout as a team me and a group of my teammates would go to my friend’s house and workout.” Anthony continued, “Then we’d hit the field 4 times a week and throw too.”
Anthony was an impact player on both sides of the ball last year for ELCA, but with the graduation of a few senior offensive play-makers, it definitely seems like the 2021 recruit is getting ready to share a heavier offensive load this fall. That versatility will showcase Anthony’s athleticism even more, and we suspect there will be a plethora of explosive offensive plays here in 2020.
Heading into this fall ELCA is on a historic run winning 5 titles in a row, and Anthony wants to keep the championship tradition going for his final year of high school football while also keeping individual goals lofty too.
“My goal for this fall is to win our 6th straight state championship and go undefeated, but my personal goals for this fall is to have +700 receiving yards, and 10 interceptions, and no touchdowns scored on me either.”
Over the weekend we held a community event on Twitter asking for the biggest sleeper in Georgia, and the ELCA community did a great job of supporting Anthony with tons of retweets and mentions, but the reality is that we share those same sentiments. Anthony really is one of the biggest sleepers here in Georgia, and we suspect more D1 schools offering before it is all said and done.
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