LSU’s 2016 signing class: Get the inside scoop on all 23 signees _lowres

Andre Anthony missed last season, but he'll be counted on this spring with Arden Key gone. 

HOOVER, Ala. – LSU is preparing to appeal a potential NCAA decision on the eligibility of defensive line signee Andre Anthony, coach Les Miles said, and another rookie is reaching closer to eligibility.

Anthony, an Edna Karr graduate, and St. Thomas Aquinas defensive lineman Ed Alexander are the only members of a 24-man signing class who have not yet enrolled.

Alexander scored high enough on his latest ACT test to qualify, a source told The Advocate. He’s been working to get qualified over the summer, and the school is expects him to make it to campus next month.

Anthony’s situation is vastly different, though, and Miles suggested the school will appeal an NCAA decision ruling him ineligible.

“Certainly there’ll be an appeal, and we’re very optimistic (about the appeal),” Miles said Thursday from Southeastern Conference media days. “At this point, he’s not been decided on (by the NCAA). There will be an appeal.”

The hangup involves the 1½ years Anthony spent at Miller-McCoy Academy in New Orleans. Miller-McCoy shut down two years ago, and the NCAA is questioning his coursework from Miller-McCoy, Miles indicated in an impassioned statement defending Anthony.

“I just can’t imagine that after the school district demands you attend (a certain school), and you attend and do well, and then you leave and go to a more scholastic school and do well … I can’t believe they’re not taking the Miller-McCoy (course work),” he said, twice lightly pounding his fist on a table before him.

Anthony was the 15th-best weakside defensive end in the nation in 2016 and is a consensus four-star prospect who competed in the Under Armour All-American Game. Alexander, a 6-foot-2, 333-pounder, was the ninth-best prospect in the state for 2016.

Donte Jackson, a rotation player at cornerback for LSU, is scheduled to regain his eligibility in time to participate in preseason camp, Miles said. Jackson, a speedster from Metairie who moved into a starting role as a true freshman late last season, missed a portion of spring practice after becoming ineligible. He dropped under the minimum number of hours required to participate in athletics.

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