Alford, rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com, is one of the more coveted prospects not just in Mississippi, but the country. As a two-sport athlete excelling in both football and baseball, the phone calls have been relentless. Colleges. Scouts. Media. Alford has been followed closely.
Alford will have a decision to make when the calendar rolls to 2012. He's a sure-bet top-round MLB draft pick. However, he's let it be known he wants to go to college to play football and baseball. Alford is but a month and a half away from signing a letter of intent Feb.1.
He's tired. Lately, he's received visits from a number of coaches. Hugh Freeze, recently named the head coach of Ole Miss in place of Houston Nutt, visited Alford in his home Monday night.
"It went pretty good," Alford said. "He kind of told me what he was about and I guess I put a name with a face. He told me how he ran the offense and stuff like that. We mainly just got to meet each other."
Ole Miss is one of a number of schools interested in signing Alford, who will travel to LSU for an official visit Saturday. Alford, of Petal, Miss., has already visited Nebraska, and has official visits scheduled to Mississippi State for the weekend of Jan. 13 and Ole Miss for the weekend of Jan. 20.
Freeze attempted to sell Alford on his spread offense, which ranked in the top-25 nationally in his only season as Arkansas State head coach. The Red Wolves finished the season 10-2 and won the Sun Belt Conference championship outright.
"He's looking for a guy like me to lead, and I definitely see myself picking a school that fits me and my style of play," he said. "It was a 10 (out of 10), definitely. It was a great visit. We kind of laughed and talked a lot. We got to know each other a little more."
Alford didn't know much about Freeze prior to the visit, though Freeze made contact with the dual-threat quarterback last week. Scout.com ranks Alford as the No. 13 quarterback in the country. He holds offers from, among others, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Southern Miss, Alabama and Auburn.
"Everything was pretty comfortable. I feel like I can probably trust him, and I think he can trust me. No matter how it went, I'm still going to pick the school that fits me. I'm not going to pick a school because of a coach," Alford said.
Alford led Petal to the Class 6A state championship game. However, Petal was beaten by Olive Branch by the slimmest of margins, 35-34. Alford rushed for 201 yards in the game, throwing for three touchdowns while converting 8 of 8 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Alford participated in the MS/Al All-Star Classic in Montgomery, Ala., over the weekend.
Anthony Alford yawned as he answered questions Monday night. He had reason to. He's kept busy over the last year.