Magnolia State's Best

One of Mississippi's brightest stars for 2012 is Petal's Anthony Alford, and the junior quarterback isn't locked in on staying at home for college. Will LSU, one of his favorite teams, come calling with an offer?

If you aren’t familiar with Anthony Alford, consider this your introduction.

A dual-sport star at Petal High, Alford was almost unstoppable on Friday nights this past fall, passing for 1,399 yards and 16 touchdowns and running for 1,253 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Then there’s baseball, where Alford is tabbed as one of Mississippi’s top prospects for 2012. Translation: the Major League Baseball Draft will have a place for the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder.

“It’s a lot to deal with, but I try to balance everything and just keep working on getting better,” said Alford.

The football season culminated with Alford being named First Team All-State by the Clarion Ledger and the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Mississippi.

With baseball season set to get underway on Feb. 25 and run through April 16, Alford has been doing homework on colleges in hopes of making visits on open weekends this spring before camp workouts in the summer.

“I went to Junior Day at Ole Miss and that was nice, and now I’m focused on getting back to a few other places,” he said. “LSU is definitely one campus I want to see again.”

From Arkansas vs. Mississippi State to LSU vs. Louisiana-Monroe, Alford was able to take in a fair share of college games this past season.

“I went to LSU for the MSU and ULM games,” he said. “I had a lot of fun. I had come down there before so I sort of knew what to expect, but it was wild. I want to get back down there again for a game next year.”

Alford has offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss, though interest from schools across the map have Alford feeling that more scholarships are on the way.

“I think Notre Dame might be next,” he said. “I’ve talked with their coaches and they seem pretty close to offering, so I’ll see where that takes me.”

While no leaders have been named, Alford had high praise of the LSU program.

“The fact that I could play football and baseball for LSU, in the SEC, would be great,” he said. “I grew up loving LSU. They stand out right now and are definitely one of my top schools. It would be tough to turn away a chance to play both sports there, because I am planning on doing both in college.”

“I am hoping to hear more from the staff. There hasn’t been a whole lot of contact outside of stuff through the mail. I think things are about to heat up."

Alford reports a 3.5 core GPA and just took the ACT.

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