December 7, 2011

Alford keeping an open mind as decision nears

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Anthony Alford admitted Tuesday he didn't know much about Hugh Freeze when the former Arkansas State coach was pegged to rebuild the Ole Miss program.

What little Alford knew about Freeze, however, intrigued him to learn more.

Freeze said he wants to play a style of football that could be called basketball on grass. That, Alford said, would fit the skill set of the four-star from Petal, Miss.

"I want to be in the spread offense," Alford said. "I want to be able to fit in with the offense. I want to go where the coaches are going to be real with me, where I can fit in communication-wise and somewhere where I can trust."

Alford has taken one official visit so far. The trip to Nebraska was enlightening, but he's not close to ready to name a favorite or make a decision. Alford said he wants to visit Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Southern Mississippi and LSU before making his decision. Alford said he might announce a choice at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next month in San Antonio.

"I'm going to weigh my options," Alford said. "Wherever I go, I'm going to have to compete for a starting job. I'm not worried about who they have right now."

Baseball will be a major factor as well. Alford is an elite prospect on the diamond. He said Major League Baseball's new collective bargaining agreement, one that limits the amount of money a franchise can invest in the draft, likely won't impact his decision.

"I want to go to college and play both sports," Alford said. "I want to see which school is going to give me the opportunity to play both sports."

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