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Alford turns down pro contract, set on Southern Miss

Anthony Alford signed a letter of intent to play football and baseball at the University of Southern Mississippi on National Signing Day Anthony Alford signed a letter of intent to play football and baseball at the University of Southern Mississippi on National Signing Day
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

With the Major League Baseball draft set to start June 4, the buzz began and the chatters started chirpin' about whether or not All-American Anthony Alford would honor his commitment with the University of Southern Mississippi, or accept a pro contract. Alford, who owns two Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year awards for football and one for baseball as of Wednesday, reassured Golden Eagle nation Thursday morning he is indeed staying put in Hattiesburg.

"I've told scouts that I'm not ready to give up football yet," said Alford, "and I'm going to play football and baseball here at Southern Miss." In late April, Alford told BaseballAmerica.com he intended to turn down a pro contract to wear the Black and Gold, but when he started creeping up the draft boards, fans wondered if that would still be the case come draft day.

"I've talked to some people, and they think (I'll go) early in the first round, but I didn't want them to waste a pick on me," said Alford, "and I turned it down." ESPN projected Alford as the 48th overall pick in Monday's first-player draft.

He didn't provide details about what he was offered, but when asked if there was a dollar figure that would have persuaded him away from Southern Miss, Alford simply responded, "There wasn't."

Alford will start working out with the Southern Miss football team in a week, and feels he can not only compete for, but win the starting quarterback battle come fall camp. "The spot's wide open and there's no guarantee who's going to be the starter," he says, "so I'm going to come in and try to win the starting position."

The former Petal High School All-American will make it a four-way battle for the starting spot, along with redshirt-freshman Ricky Lloyd, redshirt-sophomore Arsenio Favor (who's expected to recover from knee surgery by the time camp opens), and redshirt-junior Chris Campbell.

Alford and the Southern Miss football team will report to fall camp August 1...62 days and counting.

 

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