Long considered a lock to head to LSU, defensive end commit Andre Anthony is exploring his other options this weekend.
Anthony, a four-star weakside defensive end, told SEC Country that he is taking an official visit to Memphis this weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 214-pound New Orleans native has only taken one other official visit — to LSU on Jan. 15.
Memphis recently hired David Johnson to its coaching staff. Johnson, who coaches wide receivers for the Tigers, spent the past four seasons at Tulane and previously coached at St. Augustine High School in New Orleans.
While at Tulane, Johnson was involved in the recruitment of Anthony.
“Since he was at Tulane, when he offered me, (it was) my first offer,” Anthony told SEC Country late on Wednesday.
“Since his move to Memphis, he came down with the head coach (Mike Norvell), who is really a cool guy and talked to me. I sat down with them and they told me a lot about it and talking to some of the coaching staff. They are a great group of guys and I heard a lot about the campus and things from other recruits, so I mean I guess I just decided to do something new.”
Anthony is one of the key recruits in LSU’s 2016 recruiting class, which is heavily focused on the defensive line.
Anthony has been solid with LSU since committing back in June, but Memphis has made a strong push for Louisiana’s No. 12 prospect, as well as some of his other Edna Karr High School (Algiers, La.) teammates.
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