Michigan wide receiver Andrel Anthony entered Saturday’s game against Michigan State with zero career catches. Then, he proceeded to light up the Spartans defense.
Anthony attended East Lansing high school and was offered by Michigan State, but instead chose to play for the in-state rival Wolverines. In the first half against his hometown team, Anthony torched the defense for four catches for 136 yards and two touchdowns. Here’s five facts to know about the budding receiver:
1. Anthony played defensive back in high school and was recruited by Notre Dame as an athlete
In addition to football, Anthony played basketball in high school and considered continuing his basketball career at Michigan. Anthony loves basketball. It is his family’s favorite sport. He helped guide East Lansing to a berth in its district championship before COVID-19 ended the season prematurely.
2. Anthony had several Power 5 Offers but chose Michigan in Summer 2020
In addition to Notre Dame, Anthony was also recruited by other schools that included Air Force, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Penn State and Wisconsin to name a few.
3. He flew under the radar as a high school recruit
Anthony was just a three-star recruit coming out of East Lansing high school. He was listed as the nation’s No. 81 receiver and No. 528 overall player of the class of 2021, according to 247Sports. He caught 54 passes for 954 yards as junior in high school.
4. Anthony chose Michigan after seeing its iconic stadium
According to the FOX Broadcast, Anthony decided to play for the Wolverines once he saw the “Big House” stadium during a campus visit. “I’ve never seen him smile so big,” Anthony’s mother said on him coming to Michigan. FOX’s sideline reporter Jenny Taft also stated that Anthony’s dad played a big role in him attending Michigan.
5. Anthony’s first career catch was a 93-yard touchdown reception
The freshman wide receiver could not have asked for a better start to his career at Michigan.