BOSSIER CITY, La. – Former Edna Karr defensive end and LSU signee Andre Anthony is not expected to report with other freshmen this week for summer classes, a source confirmed to The Advocate on Thursday.
Anthony joins St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Edwin Alexander as players who won’t be moving in over the weekend and beginning classes Monday. Alexander, the eighth-ranked defensive end in the 2016 class who’s expected to play nose tackle, will work this summer to reach eligibility. The staff expects him to qualify by August.
Anthony’s situation is different than that of Alexander. It involves a hangup with the NCAA clearinghouse.
The NCAA is requesting Anthony produce coursework from his year and a half spent at Miller McCoy Academy in New Orleans. Miller McCoy shut down last year, and acquiring the coursework has been difficult, the source said. It’s unclear when or if the NCAA will clear Anthony, the 15th-ranked weak-side defensive end in the 2016 class.
After the team’s satellite camp Thursday in Bossier City, coach Les Miles declined comment.
The rest of the 17 signees – five enrolled early in January – are expected to arrive on campus over the next few days. Most of the members of the nation’s third-ranked signing class are moving in Friday. After a weekend of orientation, classes begin Monday.
Miles isn’t threatened from out-of-state schools attending satellite camps in Louisiana because of their relationship with Louisiana high schools, the coach said.
At least seven schools will be at camps in Louisiana, hosted by Tulane and, presumably, high schools. They include Texas A&M, Houston, Minnesota, Arizona, Colorado State, Memphis and Colorado, said ULL coach Mark Hudspeth.
Threatened? “No,” Miles said.
“We are here. That high school coach knows he can call and I’m accountable to him,” the coach continued. “If I said, ‘I’m recruiting your young player and this is how I’m recruiting him,’ they’re going to know I’m telling the truth. I think we have a great relationship with the high school coaches and the student athletes. We’re not consumed that somebody else comes in.”
The coach is still prickly about Tulane hosting Houston and Texas A&M at its camps later this summer. Miles invited nine in-state schools to join him for the satellite camps in Bossier and Saturday’s camp in New Orleans. Tulane was excluded.
“Rarely are we going to compete against the in-state member institutions (for players at the camps),” Miles said. “Frankly, there’s a lot of great schools here. From Louisiana Tech to Nicholls, there’s 10 quality institutions represented by our camp.”
Weight gain time
Devin White thought he’d play running back at LSU. So, he dropped weight ahead of spring practice, cutting his 260-pound high school frame to about 245.
Now, he must gain it all back.
“Got to get back up,” said White, one of four LSU players who helped work the Tigers’ first satellite camp Thursday.
White, a mid-year enrollee who participated in spring practice, says he’s practicing at both of LSU’s inside linebacker spots – the rover and mack. He expects to play both this season, he said.
Miles lauded White during spring practice and, at one point, suggested the four-star product from North Webster would play often as a rookie.
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