LSU sits at eight commitments for the 2012 class, but new offensive coordinator Steve Kragthorpe has yet to add a quarterback to the group.
When spring camp ends and the staff hits the road for the evaluation period (April 15-May 31), one of their first stops will be Petal, Miss., where Anthony Alford – one of the state’s most dynamic athletes – stands out for the Panthers on both the gridiron and baseball diamond.
“My coach told me that coach (Les) Miles already set it up for them to come in and see me as soon as they get done with spring,” Alford said. “I am looking forward to that. LSU was one school I’ve been waiting on.”
“I grew up an LSU fan when everyone else around here was rooting for (Mississippi) State and Ole Miss,” Alford said. “I have always liked LSU, so that’s why this offer felt so good. I’m just glad that the opportunity is now there for me.”
Alford now holds offers from both Les Miles and Paul Mainieri, and the rising senior has already taken in a game in Tiger Stadium, a visit that came last September.
“I went down there and talked to some of their coaches, and coach (Joe) Robinson (former special teams coordinator) took me around and stood with me on the sidelines,” said Alford after the visit. “I met a lot of people down there. I really wanted to see what the environment and the atmosphere was like because I have been hearing a lot of people talking about how crazy it is for one of their games. It was one of the loudest games I have ever been to.”
Alford’s next visit will be this Saturday when he visits Baton Rouge for the LSU Spring Game.
“I am looking to get up there this weekend,” he said. “I want to meet the new offensive coordinator and see what the offense looks like. I am not sure if he will recruit me or someone else on the staff, but I’m excited to meet him in person.”
Alford, who plans on taking in college campuses through summer camps and official visits in the fall, said that he has no timetable for a decision and isn’t ready to trim his list of favorites.
“I want to visit schools and enjoy the process while I can, because I know I’ll stress over the decision later,” he said. “I don’t graduate until next May, so I have time to think on things.”
Alford nabbed Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year honors last season when he passed for 1,399 yards and 16 touchdowns and rushed for another 1,253 yards and 19 touchdowns.
“All the coaches that I talk to are after me as a dual-threat quarterback, and every school that has offered is also giving me a chance to join the baseball team,” Alford said. “It’s a big deal to me, because I want to play both and do it at a high level.
“That’s something that stands out about LSU. I know they have that tradition in both sports. Now I just want to know more about what they offer and how I'd fit in.”