Felder Looking for Hot Start

Anthony Felder is a 6-3, 225-pound linebacker/fullback prospect from Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea, and Anthony's been looking forward to this upcoming Friday for a very long time. The Irish again start their season out against Capital of Olympia, and Felder is looking to make sure history doesn't repeat itself in West Seattle.

O'Dea lost 21-7 to the Cougars in 2003. "We gave up a lot of big plays that game, I thought we should have had 'em," Felder told TheInsiders.com. "When you lose to a team like that, you always want to go back at 'em the next year."

Just like he was there to help seniors Chancellor Young and Phil Hayes, Felder is now counting on some of the younger Irish - Taylor Mays and Brandon Jones among them - to help O'Dea get back to the 3A title game. "They are going to be a big part of the team this year," Felder said of Mays and Jones. "They will carry the tradition on. It's always something that's been a part of O'Dea."

Playing for titles also comes naturally for the Irish. "It's not all that complicated for us, because we've always carried it on," Anthony said. "We've never had to really start over."

Wherever Felder goes to college, he can rest assured that the program he picks will also be in the position of carrying on a rich tradition. So far he has scholarship offers that range from just a few miles down the road (Washington) to a few thousand miles down the road (Duke). Most - Ohio State, Penn State and LSU - are somewhere in-between.

As of Wednesday evening, the first day college coaches can re-initiate contact with recruits, Felder had heard from Notre Dame, Oregon, Duke and Washington. He claims no favorites at this time, but did say that he is expecting to take in Sunday's game between Fresno State and Washington in Seattle.

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