If first impressions are so important, then Andre Anthony may not be on his way to LSU.
The four-star weak-side defensive end from New Orleans was a bit skeptical about LSU coach Les Miles — that is until he finally sat down and spoke with the Madhatter in person.
From there, Anthony completely flip-flopped.
Everything the elite Louisiana defender thought of Miles was put to rest, which he admitted to SEC Country completely changed his perspective of LSU.
“Coach (Les) Miles wasn’t what I thought he was,” Anthony said when asked which college team’s coach was not the nicest.
“I thought Coach Miles was mean and stuck up, but when I actually sat down, met with him and talked, he was really a cool guy and laid back.”
If you could give a junior only one piece of advice about the recruiting process, what would it be? I would say to enjoy it while you can, respect it and learn from it. It’s fun and can get a little aggravating at times, but you got to love the process of talking to the coaches, them coming to see you, making the visits, the pressure, the decisions and all the attention. It’s going to be a fun process because not everybody gets the opportunity and it is all going to just push you to have a great senior season.
What school came in second? What could they have done a little better? Umm, that’s hard, but I would say Texas A&M, TCU and Memphis because they were not giving up and coming hard. I mean, they were doing good to be honest.
What was the most creative thing a school or coach did to get your attention? Honestly, I can’t really think of anything.
What was the biggest rumor about you that wasn’t true? That I had bad grades and that I couldn’t put on weight, which was wrong when they found out I did have great grades and I could put on a lot of weight. Also, they thought that I was just a pass-rusher, but they see now that I can stop the run, too. I had to, so that’s why I love my doubters — so I can prove them wrong.
What’s the biggest secret you kept during the recruiting process? I didn’t have any secrets, at least none that I knew of.
What is the funniest thing any coach said to you during the entire recruiting process, either on phone or in person. Oh, I can’t remember.
What was your biggest regret during the recruiting process? Not actually weighing my options and taking more visits and seeing other opportunities.
What was the funniest story that happened on one of your recruiting trips. When the guys tell me how hard practice is and how they hate it most of the time. Basically, how the players get into fights and stuff cause of the heat and competition and stuff, and then the coaches and players getting into it. It just reminded me of how it is to be in high school and how college made them reconsider playing football again. I just can relate.
Which coach was it the hardest to say no? That you weren’t coming there? Coach Burton Burns from ‘Bama, (Texas) A&M defensive coordinator John Chavis and Coach Dave (Johnson) from Memphis.
Which school disappointed you the most during recruiting? Clemson. I was interested, but they never offered.
Which college would you have considered more seriously if they had offered you earlier in the process? LSU was really the only late offer. Everybody else was already coming in.
How much negative recruiting was out there? All of it was actually good.
Which coach was not the nicest? I didn’t really run into any mean ones.