Verbal Commitment May Come Soon

One of the most highly rated running backs remaining in the state of Texas has a very difficult decision awaiting him over the next few days.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder from Denton High School with world class speed took official visits to Houston and Iowa State over the past two weekends, and has said he'll make another this weekend at Texas Tech. But the high school coach of Anthony Alridge is saying a decision could come before then.

"I think he'll make it tomorrow or the next day," said Denton head coach Gary Fischer. "It could even be before his visit to Texas Tech.

"He's liked all of the schools that he's visited. He visited Houston last weekend and was up at Iowa State the week before Houston and really liked it up there. I know he's struggling with making a decision right now. They're all really good places and I think he could fit in at any of them."

Texas A&M is also in the mix, but CN has heard Alridge's three finalists are ISU, Houston and Texas Tech. Each Big 12 program has its positives and drawbacks, Fischer said. The Red Raiders recently secured a commitment from heralded tailback Taurance Rawls, which may hurt their chances. On the other hand, ISU's distance may not be helping its cause.

"The only thing he has mentioned that might not be good for Iowa State is he'd like to be a little bit closer to home," Fischer said. "I also know that he really likes Coach (Mike) Grant there and had a tremendous time when he visited and was impressed. Coach Grant has been here once a week and I've really been impressed by him. It's going to be a tough call for Anthony."

Alridge was a burner for Fischer's Denton team last season and is a big-time prospect at the Division I level.

"He was a tremendous player for us," Fischer said. "He's extremely fast and has run a 10.2 100 meters and consistently runs sub-4.4 40s. He rushed for over 1,600 yards for us, caught 37 passes for close to 500 yards and scored 27 touchdowns. He is certainly a weapon and I can see why those places are interested in him."

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