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2021 three-star WR Andrel Anthony commits to Michigan

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Sherrone Moore and Josh Gattis steal Sparty’s top target from under their nose.

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In recruiting, situations can change on a dime, and that’s exactly what happened with 2021 East Lansing (MI) Andrel Anthony’s recruitment. Since the pandemic started, the Michigan State Spartans were thought to have had the clear lead on the local wide receiver, as they pitched him as their top target on the board.

But soon after Anthony announced his decision date and time, he took an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor. A couple days ago, crystal balls started flipping from the Spartans to the Wolverines. And just like that, Anthony became the fourth wide receiver to join Michigan’s 2021 class.

The other two finalists in Anthony’s top four were Notre Dame and Penn State. He is a three-star, ranked No. 529 in the country and No. 85 at wide receiver.

Anthony plays for East Lansing High School, catching 54 passes for 954 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior. He fits the outside receiver mold that U-M in going after in this class, standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 175 pounds. He has a listed 40-yard dash time of 4.47, which would be really good if accurate, but there aren’t many details about when or how it was timed.

In addition to playing receiver, Anthony is also a quality defensive back. He was recruited by Notre Dame as an athlete with its preference for him being on defense. He’s also a standout basketball player, helping his team to a 19-2 record and a berth in the district championships before they were canceled due to COVID-19.

As for Michigan, he is the 21st commit in its 2021 class, which now sits at No. 8 in the country and No. 2 in the Big Ten. With four wide receivers on board, it likely ends Michigan’s pursuit of four-stars Jayden Thomas and Lorenzo Styles, the two other major targets.

Check out Anthony’s junior highlights below. A detailed scouting report on his game will be up on Maize n Brew in the coming days.