There was smoke, but it turns out there was no fire.
After making a last-minute official visit to Memphis over the weekend, four-star defensive end Andre Anthony decided to re-affirm his commitment to LSU on the eve of National Signing Day.
“First off, I want to thank God for all the opportunities he has blessed me with,” Anthony wrote.
“I want to thank my family, friends and the (Edna Karr) nation who all supported me throughout this football season and throughout the recruiting process. Also, I want to thank and really appreciate all 33 college universities and all the coaches who recruited me and offered. It has been truly a roller coaster year, but after considering my options, praying about it and talking with my family, I am blessed and excited to say that I will be keeping my commitment and spending my next (four) years at LSU.”
Anthony considered his options, heading out to Memphis on Jan. 29, which he told SEC Country provided some clarity on his recruitment.
Memphis assistant David Johnson recruited the 6-foot-3, 214-pound weakside defensive end while coaching at Tulane, and Anthony was curious about what program was being built at Memphis.
Anthony left the official visit impressed with the university, the football program and the coaching staff, telling SEC Country “it exceeded his expectations.”
However, the nation’s No. 15 weakside defensive end ultimately opted to remain committed to the Tigers hours before signing his letter of intent.
Anthony is one of the key defensive end commitments in LSU’s 23-man 2016 recruiting class, and expects to find a role rushing the passer in defensive coordinator Dave Aranda’s new-look defense.
There was hesitation that after Frank Wilson left LSU for UTSA, Anthony’s recruitment could reopen.
That is no longer the case, as Anthony will finalize his commitment early Wednesday morning.
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