Anthony LaLota is turning into one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the nation, as his offer list has topped the 20 mark. On Wednesday the Seminoles were the latest school to offer the athletic lineman.
"I'm very excited to get an offer from Florida State. I know they are a great team and they have a winning tradition and awesome fans. Coach Coley came up to see me today. It was a good visit. He said he likes me at tight end the most, but also said I could play offensive line or defensive end. I've never been to Florida State, but I heard it is a nice campus in a good area and that it is a nice school."
Anthony felt that coming into this process he would feel the fruits of his labor if we worked hard. Now that the top programs in the nation have come calling, LaLota is very pleased with what he's gotten thus far.
"I'm happy all of these great teams have offered me. I was confident that if I worked hard I would have some good options, so I am happy how it has worked out for me. The latest schools to offer me besides Florida State are Ohio State, Florida and Notre Dame. I've gotten a few calls from some coaches since the evaluation period started, but I think I'll be getting a lot more attention over the next month."
LaLota is one of the most athletic linemen for the 2009 recruiting class. At 6'6" and 260 pounds, Anthony runs a reported 4.6 40 and has great speed for a player his size. While Scout.com has him ranked as the 6th best tackle prospect in the nation, LaLota has other plans at this time.
"I would like to play tight end or defensive end on the next level. At Hun I would love the chance to play tight end, but Coach Dudek has me at offensive tackle because we need linemen so badly. I think defensive end is probably my favorite and top choice but I feel I could be a good tight end because I can use my size and speed to my advantage."
Anthony told NoleDigest that he is pretty open at this time. He has made a few visits over the past few months to Notre Dame, Florida and numerous schools in the northeast. While the visits were great and were learning experiences, LaLota talks about how he is considering the schools who're offering. Also, he says a decision could be coming before his senior season starts.
"I'm looking at all the new offers because I know they are winning teams and have been good for some time. They are overall good programs and they have a lot of tradition. I'm not sure yet when I will make my decision. It could be before the season or it could be after. After my school year is through I am going to look at making some more visits. I may do some camps, or I might just take some unofficials. I'll have more of an idea as this process continues."
Anthony has exploded onto the college football recruiting scene after playing football for the first time his junior year. On potential alone, Anthony could be one of the best in the class when it is all said and done, and the Seminole coaching staff hopes they can strike gold twice in Princeton, NJ. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Anthony and the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.