The LSU Tigers will be down one of their better members of the 2016 recruiting class after it was revealed that four-star defensive end Andre Anthony will redshirt this season.
It is a big blow, but it only means he will be ready to go for next year and should be able to rejoin the team soon.
It was reported by Shea Dixon of 247Sports that Anthony had fallen one point shy of academic eligibility this year, which will force him to take a redshirt to focus on getting qualifying grades. Head coach Les Miles seems disappointed with how things have played out.
“We are unhappy Andre Anthony is not with us,” Miles said. “It’s really unfortunate. He’s a good student and good young man.”
The Tigers filed an appeal on Anthony’s behalf, but that was denied by the NCAA.
Anthony’s bump in the road came in the form of coursework at at Miller-McCoy, a now-defunct high school in New Orleans, where he went before his senior year.
“We are looking forward to getting him to campus,” Miles said. “He will be in school, and our people have talked to him. Next spring he will rejoin the team and we will have him from that point forward.”
Anthony left high school as the No. 9 weakside defensive end in the country and the No. 111 overall prospect.