Mark Stoops and the Kentucky Wildcats are celebrating a recruiting win this week after 3-star athlete Jordan Anthony committed to the program.
By Steve Wright
Anthony – a 5-foot-11, 160-pounder out of Tylertown (Tylertown, MS) High School – is a class of 2022 prospect rated as the No. 551 player, the No. 43 athlete, and the No. 15 player in Mississippi per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He committed to Kentucky over the likes of Florida State, Syracuse, and Boston College.
Anthony will be something of a work in progress in terms of technique and skills for Stoops and co., but he has one trait that just can’t be taught. With Anthony that trait is elite speed as the newest Wildcat is officially the fastest high school sprinter in the nation having won the 100m dash at the Nike Outdoor Boys’ Track and Field Championships this spring in a time of 10.21 seconds.
Anthony – who will likely be upgraded to a 4-star prospect as a senior – has been recruited to Kentucky as a wide receiver. His immediate strength is obvious – he has the ability to beat any defensive back in the country deep – and it will be interesting to see what roles and package Stoops designs for him in his early playing days in Lexington.
In the video below you can see why Anthony is a player fast rising up recruiting boards. His sample size is small, but Anthony is clearly at another level when it comes to pure speed on the field. The first play is a great example of why speed makes a player. Catching a quick hitch, Anthony beats a defender, throws in a quick juke to beat another, and then just floors it. There are multiple defenders with angles on him, but none even get close as he sprints into the end zone pulling away from the cover at all times. Impressive stuff.