The race for Alfred Blue is in full swing.
The Ole Miss Rebels offered the Boutte-native early. Head coach Houston Nutt and his staff moved in and built a relationship before most coaches. Even Rebel defensive end Kentrell Lockett, a former Hahnville Tiger, has pressed Blue to join him in Oxford.
“Things up there are very comfortable, and I really like how everything fits,” Blue said. “They want me to come in and run the ball out of a bunch of formations, and I like the idea of mixing it up. We run a type of Wildcat set at school now, so it would be easy to move into that role again.”
After naming the Rebels his leader last month, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior changed his tune after a recent visit to Baton Rouge.
“I came back into town last Saturday, and I realized that things were just as comfortable to me at LSU as they are at Ole Miss,” Blue said. “I watched the offense during practice and a bit of the scrimmage, and it made me realize how much I liked LSU, and that both teams were neck and neck.”
The relationship between Blue and running backs coach Larry Porter has also strengthened.
“Every time we talk, we grow closer,” Blue said. “Coach Porter let me know that they still have guys out on their board, but they want to make me part of the class. I told him I wanted to keep taking my time, and he said that would not be a problem. It is a real easy going relationship.”
While the Rebels and Tigers are his current frontrunners, Blue said not to count out the Crimson Tide – if they offer, of course.
“Coach [Nick] Saban and his staff have been recruiting me just as hard as the rest of the teams, but they have not offered,” Blue said. “I am not sweating it, but I would really like it if they came around. They said they want to keep evaluating me, so I think things could happen in the end.”
When is the next time Miles and Porter can expect Blue in Baton Rouge?
“I want to come to a game before Florida, but I am not sure about which night it would be,” Blue said. “Once I figure out a good weekend, I am going to come and stay. I do know that Florida will probably be my official visit.”
Reclassiffied from 2011 into the 2010 class, Blue said that his academic progress has been solid.
“Porter and all the coaches are staying on me with my grades, and I know that if I just keep on top of it then I will be all good,” Blue said. “I take the ACT in September, so that will be my big day outside of the classroom.”