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November 26, 2004

Four-star linebacker saving visits for Pac-10

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With his team losing it's opening round playoff game in a tight battle to the fourth-rated team in Washington, Seattle (Wash.) O'Dea linebacker Anthony Felder's season is complete. That doesn't mean he's done playing, however.

"This week, I was elected to the Washington All-Star game by the Washington coaches July 1," he said.

Other honors continue to roll in for the Rivals.com four-star rated prospect. He was chosen by Seattle Times as all-area linebacker, by the Seattle Post Intelligencer as all-league all-star, and was honored by his league as first-team all-metro defense linebacker, first-team all-metro offense fullback and Metro League defensive most valuable player for the second consecutive year.

When Duck Sports Authority last spoke to Felder he had an official visit scheduled for Notre Dame (Dec. 10) and mentioned that he'd also be setting up visits to Ohio State and LSU. Those two visits are now official - LSU (Dec. 3) and Ohio State (Jan. 7).

Felder said that those three schools have a lot in common, and really only one thing can differentiate them at this point.

"They're all quality programs, they offer great education, excellent coaching, and opportunity for bowl games and pipelines to the NFL," said the 6-foot-3, 225 pounder. "The coaches are some of the best in college. The depth chart is something they all have in common - they need linebackers. The environment is something I'll have to look at when I get there."

With those visits scheduled, he has two remaining and is deciding from a group of Pac-10 schools, including the Oregon Ducks.

"I have two visits left and I'm saving them for Pac-10," said Felder, who is the No. 8 ranked inside linebacker by Rivals.com. "My dad and I are starting to narrow the list and will decide very soon. I've spoken recently with Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, and California. They would all like me to visit."

Oregon remains in contention for one of his two remaining visits and Duck Sports Authority will continue to keep in touch to see if Felder ends up spending a weekend in Eugene.

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Audibles: "Anthony is big, strong and has a great nose for the football. He's very physical and makes a ton of plays." - O'Dea coach Monte Kohler

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