ALMA, Mich. – In the regular season, Alma High School compiled a 6-3 record, which is an automatically qualifying mark for the playoffs in the state of Michigan and a popular goal for many teams.
“Individually, I’ve been having a pretty good year,” junior athlete Anthony Humm told Today’s U. “As a team it hasn’t been quite what we expected, but we have been playing good recently. We have high hopes heading into the playoffs.”
According to Humm, however, the Panthers have high expectations. This week’s matchup pits Alma on the road against a 8-1 Forest Hills Eastern team and will take a strong effort from all units with Humm sidelined due to injury.
Earlier this season, Humm, who stands 6-foot and 180-pounds, suffered an injury in week six and has yet to return to action. Before that point, Humm recorded over 40 tackles, six pass breakups, four rushing touchdowns, three forced fumbles, three blocked PATs, three tackles for loss, two interceptions, two special teams return touchdowns, one fumble recovery and another receiving touchdown.
“I’d say I’m quick, I know the game well so I’m instinctive and I’m always going hard,” Humm said.
With a productive junior campaign on the books, Humm has received collegiate interest from a handful of schools across the Midwest.
“It’s been alright,” Humm said of his recruitment. “I’ve been getting a lot of interest. They want to see how I’ve been doing and I’ve been taking some visits. It’s been going good. It’s a good start. I’ve been at Ball State, Michigan State, Western Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ferris State and I plan to be at Central Michigan, Bowling Green and possibly a few others.”
Humm visited East Lansing earlier this season when the Spartans hosted Central Michigan for a September 26 contest, one in which Michigan State won 30-10.
“I met with my recruiting coach,” Humm said. “They have some really nice facilities in the stadium and a great atmosphere that I hadn’t quite experienced before the Michigan State game. I had never been there. It was real exciting to be around that and see what it’s like on a game day.”
As for later this football season, Humm plans to take an unofficial visit to the team Michigan State defeated earlier this season during his visit, Central Michigan. Humm took a moment to preview his visit and listed several factors that he will be paying attention to.
“Really just how their coaches are, what the recruits and the goals are as a program,” Humm said. “Not just football but academically and helping their players grow as people.”
In terms of the schools he has visited already, Humm says Ball State is in strongest pursuit of his talent. The Cardinals hosted the rising junior recruit for a game day visit earlier this season and Humm spoke about his relationship with the coaching staff.
“Ball State has shown the most interest. It’s good. Me and coach [John] Strollo have been in contact. He liked me and wants to see me improve, so hopefully more will come from it.”
On the academic front, Humm is unsure of his future major, although the junior prospect is leaning towards Business at the moment.