Much has changed since Andre Anthony committed to LSU.
The Tigers have a new defensive scheme, a new defensive coordinator and Frank Wilson — who spearheaded Anthony’s recruitment to LSU — is now coaching elsewhere.
However, after making his lone official visit to Baton Rouge, La., over the weekend, it’s clear to see that one constant remains — and that’s Anthony’s relationship with the Tigers.
“(My commitment) — it’s really been strengthened after the official. I’m just ready to (get) up there now,” Anthony said. “It went great. Meeting the new coaches and hanging out with the players.”
Anthony spent most of his time there with defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, who have taken over the three-star defensive end’s recruitment now that Frank Wilson is at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
One crucial topic of discussion was how the 6-foot-3, 214-pound defensive end would fit in Aranda’s new 3-4 defense.
“I spent a lot of time with Coach O (Orgeron) and I had some good talks with Coach Aranda on the defensive scheme,” said Anthony. “They see me as a defensive end, sometimes standing up and sometimes in a three-point (stance), getting to the quarterback, and that’s what they see me as.
“It’s going to be kind of a change for me, especially for me coming from a 4-3 scheme, but I can adjust.”
With Wilson out of the mix, Anthony said Orgeron has played a bigger role, which has been comforting for the Edna Karr High School (New Orleans) product.
This weekend allowed Anthony and some of the other LSU coaches to improve their relationships.
“(Wilson) was a huge part of my recruitment, as well as Coach O. They’re like family to me,” Anthony said.
“I’m really happy for Coach Wilson. He deserves it all. All those years he put in at LSU finally paid off, and he really deserves it. It didn’t feel right not seeing him there (at LSU), but I know Coach O will take care of me on and off the field. Austin Thomas is someone else who was very close to Coach Frank, as well as Coach O, but he has stepped up to help me.”
Anthony is rated as Louisiana’s No. 20 weakside defensive end and the nation’s No. 25 prospect at the position.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.