The Southeastern Conference has so much talent to draw from that seldom do teams from the SEC have to travel beyond the Mason-Dixon Line to recruit talent and when they do, it opens up eyes. Especially when the team offering the scholie is co-National Champion LSU.
Co-Champs LSU and USC are in that desirable place of having the nation’s top players wanting to play for both schools so when one of these two schools make an offer it is like E.F. Hutton giving a stock tip – you listen.
The LSU Tigers have tendered an offer to linebacker Anthony Felder (6-3, 225, 4.55) from Seattle (Wash.) O’Dea.
With a closer look it is easy to see why. Felder racked up 146 tackles, nine tackles for loss and five sacks as a junior. His performance saw him be selected league co-defensive player of the year and first-team all-league in 2003.
Felder is also an outstanding fullback who rushed for 450 yards and scored five touchdowns.
Besides LSU, Felder is getting a lot of love from Notre Dame and Florida State.
“Notre Dame has sent me nothing but handwritten letters,” Felder said. “Florida State has also sent handwritten letters.”
The Michigan Wolverines and Felder are exchanging emails. Washington, Oregon, Cal, UCLA, Ohio State, and Nebraska have all been sending correspondence.
What is Felder looking for in a college?
“First and foremost is an education,” Felder said. “No matter where I go I want to get a first-class education.”
“After that I want to be part of a solid football program,” Felder said. “Tradition will also be a consideration.”
The scouting report on Felder is he is the type of player who never takes a play off and shows up on every down. He has outstanding character and is very coachable. Felder is very smart and picks up things with ease.
In an earlier interview with Rivals.com O’Dea head coach Monte Kohler said, “Anthony is big, strong and has a great nose for the football. He’s very physical and makes a ton of plays.”
Now that LSU has tendered an offer, look for the floodgates to brake wide open.