LSU has a new offensive coordinator to help steer the quarterback search this offseason, and Steve Kragthorpe is beginning his work outside the state of Louisiana.
But this past weekend, the new quarterbacks coach in town invited in four quarterback prospects – none of which were from Texas or Louisiana. Instead, it was a pair of Mississippi and a pair of Alabama players that made the list.
Petal, Miss. two-sport star Anthony Alford was one of the Magnolia State selections, but a prior engagement held the rising senior back from what would have been his third visit of the semester.
“I really wanted to get down for the picnic, but I had my uncle’s wedding so I couldn’t go,” Alford said. “I saw LSU coaches a couple times already this spring with them coming up here to watch me practice, so that was cool.
“LSU is still in a real good spot. I always said that with how much I loved the school growing up that the offer would be a dream one for me, so that puts them up there. I am still looking at everyone though. It’s an open race.”
Alford, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, is tabbed as a high selection in next year’s Major League Baseball Draft, meaning that the Tigers are recruiting the Gatorade Player of the Year from two angles.
“I like the coaches I have met from football and baseball,” Alford said. “I still want to get to know [Kragthorpe] better since he is new, but I feel comfortable with things at LSU either way.”
Alford capped of his spring with an offer from South Carolina, bringing his scholarship total to nine. He has also been offered by Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Clemson, LSU and Nebraska.