September 23, 2010

2012 quarterback has options galore

It's something Ole Miss learned this summer - you can never have too many quarterbacks on a roster.

One of Ole Miss' 2012 targets is 6-foot-1, 205-pound dual threat signal caller Anthony Alford, and Alford has begun to make visits to various universities.

The Petal (high), Miss., quarterback has offers from LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss. He's also garnered interest from Southern Miss, Arkansas, and historic programs such as Notre Dame, Michigan and Alabama.

"I got offers from Ole Miss and State, and LSU said they are offering me," Alford said. "I'm going to take a couple more visits."

Alford visited Ole Miss for the Rebels' game against Jacksonville State and continued his visits two weeks later and made the trip to LSU for the Tigers' clash with Mississippi State. He plans to visit Starkville, Miss., this weekend for State's pairing with Georgia.

"They played Jacksonville, and it was nice," Alford said of his time at Ole Miss. "I liked the spirit and the fan support, and I liked how it is on gameday up there, the mood... I was there for the weekend. We went to a couple places out to eat at the Square... I went to LSU when they played State. It was nice, it was loud."

As is the case with most high school quarterbacks, Alford is comfortable in the spread offense.

"I'm looking at the kind of offense (each school uses) and how the coach coaches their players and what kind of play calls they do in certain situations," Alford said of what he looks for in a school. "I'm the type of person, when I drop back to pass, if I don't see anybody open I'm not going to throw the ball away, I like to run it.

"I know it's going to be probably somebody in the SEC. I'm not going to say for sure it's somebody in the SEC, but not too far away from home."

Alford is not just a dual threat quarterback, he's a dual-sport athlete. Alford played baseball for Team Mississippi over the summer and the pitcher/outfielder helped his home state team to a 5-5 record including a win over Guatemala where Alford went 2-for-2 at the plate and pitched a scoreless inning.

"I was playing baseball all over the summer," Alford noted. "I played with Team Mississippi for the Junior Sunbelt Classic, in Oklahoma. We did all right."

Alford said he enjoyed the experience, although it did cut into his time for football camps.

"I didn't get to go to any camps," Alford added. "A lot of people invited me though - Ole Miss, LSU, Southern Miss, Arkansas, Tennessee."

Alford's Petal team is 3-1 on the season, and he's personally accounted for nine touchdowns.

"Our season is going pretty good, we're 3-1 going into district (play) and I'm doing pretty good," he added. "I have six touchdowns on the ground and three passing touchdowns, so I'm doing all right."

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