February 14, 2008

Mississippi OL stands out at several positions

There's hardly a position on the field that Clarksdale (Lee Academy), Miss. offensive line prospect Anthony Steen hasn't seen.

From playing guard, center, long snapper, defensive end, defensive tackle and kicking off - the junior all-state prospect has done it all.

His efforts have not gone unnoticed as recruiters are beginning to take notice, with Southern Miss being the first too offer.

"I camped down at Ole Miss and they were recruiting me hard, but since the coaching change, I haven't heard anything," Steen said on Wednesday evening. "They were really impressed and that's why Southern Miss is coming after me. The coaches saw me going against one of the best there and saw me dirt roll the guy."

Steen, 6-foot-4, 297 pounds with 4.9 speed, said he got the call from Southern Miss at 8 a.m. on signing day, with former Rebel tight ends coach Tony Hughes delivering the news that the Golden Eagles were offering.

But when it comes to offers, Steen is looking for more than just an offer from a CUSA school.

"I'm interested and have been hearing from Auburn, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and LSU," Steen said. "My top favorites growing up was LSU and then Arkansas.

Steen is not sure where he's projected to play at the collegiate level, although Rivals.com has him tabbed as an offensive tackle.

"I was playing guard last year before our center got hurt," Steen said. "My coach moved me to center and I finished the season there. I think they'll move me back to guard this season, that's where they like me because I'm one of the quickest guys on the team and that like to put me in a position where I can pull."

Steen said he's also drawing attention for his long snapping ability and kicks off for his team, normally putting the ball in the back of the end zone.

Steen took a trip to San Antonio last month where he participated in the US American All-American Bowl junior combine. The combine is for rising juniors across the country.

Steen said that Cameron Lawerence, a quarterback from Senatobia, was also at the camp but he wasn't familiar with any of the other players from the state.

The rising junior said that he's kind of looking at both academics and athletics as he goes through the recruiting process.

"I'd say 50-50 between academics and athleteics," he said. "The main thing I'm looking for is a school that can get me to the next level (NFL).

Steen's plans aren't set yet for any junior days or summer camps.

"I'd like to camp at LSU, Auburn, Memphis, Alabama, and maybe Wake Forest," he said. "I haven't planned anything for junior days and will set down with my parents to work out my camp schedule."

He said he hasn't thought about a timeline for committing, but doesn't expect to make a decision until at least after the season begins this fall.

Last spring as a sophomore, he won the MPSA State Championships in both the shot and discus, and tallied one of the longest shot throws in the Southeast, over 55-feet.

Steen reports a 400-pound bench press, 575-pounds on the squat, and clings 315-pounds.

He was unsure of his GPA and took the ACT as a freshman and says he has some work left to do to get to the required 17, but feels it's easily in reach.

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