Saban recruiting coast to coast

LSU's expanded recruiting efforts are obvious by the prospects from coast-to-coast that have the Tigers in their top five this late in the year. <br><br> One of the first linebackers Nick Saban offered a scholarship to was Anthony Felder from O'Dea High School in Seattle (Wash.) and since then the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder has kept a close eye on the Tigers.

"I took an interest in LSU because they were the co-defending national champs," Felder told Tiger Rag. "When coach Saban called my coach in February that is what got my attention. LSU has shown me a lot of love early and often and I'm honored to be recruited by them."

While LSU was the first school to offer the talented linebacker a scholarship it definitely was not the only one. Many of the teams on the west coast have offered along with most of the top programs from around the county.

Felder is set to visit Baton Rouge the first weekend in December and then he will trip to Notre Dame the next weekend. Ohio State will also get an official then the remaining two will likely go to schools closer to home, possibly Oregon and Oregon State.

While the three schools he is definitely visiting are all in the mix the deciding factor will likely hinge mainly on how the visits go.

"LSU, Ohio State and Notre Dame are all on pretty equal ground right now," he said. "My visits will help me decide where I eventually go."

Normally, many would consider LSU a long shot at best to land a player from the Northwest region of the country but that is not case with Felder.

"I hate to leave friends and family but I have to follow my heart," Felder said. "I have lots of respect for the LSU program, the coaches, the fans and the state of Louisiana. LSU has as good a chance as any school right now."

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