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Six in front for Rivals250 QB

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To Rivals250 dual-threat quarterback Anthony Alford of Petal (Miss.), football and baseball hold an equal importance in his life.
"I take baseball just as seriously as I do football," Alford said. "I want to play both in college. My first love has always been football. But I love baseball, too."
Because of that, it's not surprising that Alford said he plans to make official visits to the following schools: LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss and Southern Miss. Each is known for having strong baseball programs, as well as respectable football teams.
Alford also is considering South Carolina, which won the SEC Eastern Division in football in 2010, then claimed college baseball's national championship the following spring.
Alford was the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year last season after accumulating 2,652 yards of offense and 35 touchdowns. This spring, he batted .480 with four homeruns despite missing half the season as he recovered from an ACL injury in his right knee, which he said is now 100 percent.
Alford could be a very early pick in the 2012 Major League Baseball first-year player draft.
At 10 p.m. EST Thursday, he will hold a live chat at Rivals100.com to discuss his recruitment.
On Wednesday night, the U.S. Army All-American said a commitment is not likely to come anytime soon. At this point, he has yet to schedule any of his official visits.
Thus far, Alford has taken unofficials to Ole Miss and Southern Miss. Next, he will visit LSU on Oct. 8, when the Tigers play host to Florida.
"I think I'm going to announce at the Army game," Alford said.
This fall, Petal is off to a 1-3 start. According to Alford, he has approximately 1,000 yards of total offense (passing and rushing) with two touchdown throws.
"I think we beat the best team we've played so far," he said. "After that, we kind of lost focus. But we're getting our focus back. I try to be a positive influence and lead by example."
Keith Niebuhr can be reached at kneebs01@aol.com. You can follow him on Twitter @KeithRIVALS.
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