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 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.”
“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.