Nebraska makes eight

The Nebraska offense stands out to Anthony Alford as well as the fact that Nebraska has a history of allowing players to play both football and baseball in Lincoln. The Huskers threw their hat in the ring a week and a half ago for one of the top, dual-sport players in the country in Alford. Will he take an official visit to Lincoln?

Anthony Alford from Petal (Miss.) isn't in spring practices at the moment. In fact, he won't join the team until his baseball team completes their season. And if Alford has anything to say about it that won't happen until they win a state title.

"We have spring ball right now, but I still have baseball," Alford said. "I play left field. We are in the second round of the playoffs. I am averaging .530 with four homeruns."

Alford is widely considered to be one of the top prep baseball recruits in the nation for 2012. Alford does it all in the field and at the plate. He has already played for Team USA and will play in an all-star game this summer.

"I think that I can hit for power and for average. I also have a good glove, good arm and speed in the field. I got picked to play in the Under Armour game in Chicago. That is the top 38 players in the country. I was on Team USA a couple of years ago."

When Alford walked off of the football field last year he left with a serious injury. After surgery he dropped a lot of weight and wanted to it back onto his 6-foot-1 frame. Alford says that he is back up to 205-pounds.

"I tore my ACL last year and even played the last game of the season with the ACL. I lost 15-20 pounds from the surgery and I needed to add that back and get stronger."

Alford works out of the spread offense in high school, but he could see himself running another offense in college. He is a dual-threat that says that he takes what the defense gives to him.

"I am a dual threat quarterback. I take what's there for me on that particular play. We run mostly out of a spread offense right now, but I could see myself out of the option or in a pro-style."

There are currently eight offers on the table for Alford. He says that all of the offers up to this point have been for him to play the quarterback position in college.

"I have eight offers and all of my offers are recruiting me as a quarterback. I have offers from Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, LSU, Alabama, Clemson and Nebraska."

The biggest thing for Alford when it comes to picking out a school is playing both sports. He also wants to play the quarterback position and he says that distance isn't going to factor into his decision.

"I am looking for a school that will allow me to play both football and baseball in college and also a school that is recruiting me to play quarterback. Distance isn't really a big deal for me."

The Huskers were the latest team to offer Alford. He said that the running backs coach has been down there recently and that he really likes the Nebraska offense and the fact that they have a history of letting their players play multiple sports.

"Nebraska offered me a week ago last Friday. Coach Ron Brown was the coach that offered me. He was actually just down here. I have always liked Nebraska.

"I liked Nebraska even before they offered me. I like their offense and what the quarterback does. They also have a history of letting players play both sports in college."

The offers should only continue to accumulate for Alford and it might get difficult to get an official visit. He says that he wants to see Nebraska though. "I am definitely taking an official visit to Nebraska."


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