CougFans should keep eye on visiting LB Anthony Pandy; huge senior season put him on Pac-12 recruiting radar

HE’S ONE OF the better late-senior season recruiting stories out there. Anthony Pandy, a 3-star linebacker prospect out of Harbor City, Calif., had a huge senior season, picking up a pair of December Pac-12 offers including one from the Cougs. He’s scheduled to trip to WSU this weekend and Pandy told CF.C he definitely has some questions he wants to get answered while out on the Palouse.

Pandy (6-2, 220) out of Narbonne High, about an hour south of Los Angeles, exclusively played defensive end before his senior campaign. But after he got a lot more looks at linebacker this past season, things really fell into place both on the field and in recruiting.

He racked up 125 tackles in 2016, with 22 for loss including 11 sacks and two interceptions.

Pandy said WSU is looking at him primarily at inside linebacker though he could also play outside. His fact-finding mission on his trip to Wazzu will have more to do with his education than the football program.

“I want to see how their engineering program (is). I’ve already talked to them about playing time and really, they’ve already told me everything about the football program. For my visit, I’m going up there more to find about school,” said  Pandy in a recent conversation with CF.C.

Outside linebackers coach Roy Manning is Pandy’s area recruiter.

“I talk to Coach Manning but the whole coaching staff has hit me up, saying congratulations on the offer and ‘We want to get you up here’ … They’ve told me I’ll get a good amount of reps if I’m ready … if I put in the work, because they rotate a lot of people on defense,” said Pandy, who talks on the phone as fast as he plays.

Pandy said his top four are WSU, Arizona, Oregon and Boise State, in no particular order.  He tripped to Arizona last weekend and is looking at either Boise State or Oregon for the final official visit weekend.

Pandy said he plans to make his announcement on Signing Day, Feb. 1. recently bumped him up to 3 stars and national analyst Greg Biggins says Pandy “has the talent to play for anyone out West” and said he has the same kind of upside as a pair of former Narbonne High linebackers now playing in the Pac-12, Uchenna Nwosu (USC) and Keishawn Bierria (Washington).

"(Pandy) is a big hitter who can move around all over the field and play inside, outside or with his hand down to get after the quarterback. He can play in space, is physical in run support, can drop in coverage and plays with a tremendous motor,” says Biggins.

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