TIGER RAG Q&A: Anthony Felder

Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea linebacker Anthony Felder (6-3, 225, 4.6) is one of the top linebackers out west and a top target for the LSU Tigers.<br><br> Felder traveled a long way for his official visit to LSU this past weekend and Tiger Rag caught up with him to get the latest on his experience in the deep South.

Tiger Rag: Who was your player host for the weekend?

Felder: Alonzo Manuel

Tiger Rag: What did you do when you got to town on Friday?

Felder: We took a tour of the campus and then met with the linebackers coach Mike Collins. After that I watched the team workout with coach Moffitt and met the other coaches. I had lunch with Marcus Spears, Alonzo Manuel and Patrick Turner. Later we had dinner with all of the other recruits, coach Saban and the other coaches. That night we just hung out with the players and the other recruits.


Tiger Rag: What was Saturday like?

Felder: We had breakfast with some of the players, coach Saban and the other coaches. Then we took a tour of the facilities and the academic center. Later we all had lunch together then I got to meet with some professors. After that had a one-on-one with coach Saban and he just laid it all out and said this is what it is all about. We had dinner at the stadium suites and then hung out with the players again that night.


Tiger Rag: What players did you enjoy hanging out with and why?

Felder: Meeting Big Herm (Herman Johnson) was cool. He is the largest baby ever born in Louisiana. Marcus Spears was real cool too. You can tell he has a presence on and off the field. My host Alonzo Manuel was real cool. They all have great personalities and are fun to hang out with.


Tiger Rag: How would you rate the visit on a scale of 1 o 10?

Felder: I'd give it an eight.


Tiger Rag: What did you like the most about the trip?

Felder: The food was excellent and I was able to try new things like alligator, crawfish and stuff I wasn't even sure what it was. The people were friendly and the football program is top notch. The academic support is excellent. I really like the coaching staff and the players. LSU and SEC football is something special down there.


Tiger Rag: What are your thoughts on coach Saban?

Felder: My dad and I talked about it on the way home and we both think that coach Saban is a difference maker. He has gone way beyond what you would expect from a coach to help the school and the program. I think that is why he is so highly respected by his players and the people there. I think that he has made a home at LSU that won't be the same for him anywhere else. He's like the King of Louisiana. Everyone loves him and I'd be surprised if he were to ever leave LSU.


Tiger Rag: Where does LSU stand compared to the other schools on your list?

Felder: They are still towards the top but I don't have a clear leader because this was the first official visit.


As for the other schools Felder is considering, he will be taking an official visit to Oregon State this weekend and he has a trip scheduled to Ohio State for Jan. 7. The schools he is considering for his final two visits are Penn State, Notre Dame, Miami, California, Arizona State and Washington.

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