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Randy Anyanwu flips to Buffalo after visit

Former Lovejoy standout Randy Anyanwu has committed to Buffalo after being committed to Western Kentucky since mid-December. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

Former Lovejoy standout Randy Anyanwu has committed to Buffalo after being committed to Western Kentucky since mid-December. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)

HAMPTON — A few weeks ago, Lovejoy’s Randy Anyanwu had his college choice made.

The defensive end was committed to Western Kentucky because of its experienced coaching staff led by veteran coach Bobby Petrino.

Then, a chain reaction in the coaching ranks threw his recruiting process back into action. Louisville coach Charlie Strong took the Texas job earlier this month. Within a day, Louisville named Petrino as it head coach for a second time.

Western Kentucky named Jeff Brohm as its new coach, and Anyanwu decided to continue the recruiting process. He already had a visit scheduled for Buffalo last weekend. The Hilltoppers finished this past season with an 8-4 overall record and fifth in the Sun Belt Conference under first-year coach Petrino, a one-time coach of the Atlanta Falcons.

After taking the visit to the Mid-American Conference school, Anyanwu decided to make a commitment.

“I think this will be a better situation for me,” said Anyanwu, a first-time all-Region 2-AAAAAA selection. “Playing time wise, I think I can get some time this fall. I believe I can reach my full potential at Buffalo.”

The Bulls finished 2013 with an 8-5 record overall and a 6-2 mark in the MAC. The Bulls lost 49-24 to San Diego State in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 21. The team is coach by Jeff Quinn, and has 15 high school seniors committed to sign on National Signing Day, which is Wednesday.

Anyanwu had a visit scheduled this weekend for Marshall.

Anyanwu’s teammate, Justin Brown, is still committed to the Hilltoppers, who are scheduled to move into Conference USA next season. Brown is an all-region offensive lineman for the Wildcats, who also had offers from Georgia Tech and Auburn.

Anyanwu had offers from Marshall, West Virginia, Boise State and Texas Tech among several others.

Despite all the attention, Anyanwu said he is ready to get the recruiting process out of the way.

“Yes, I’m ready to sign my scholarship and get started on next season,” Anyanwu said. “All the attention was fun in the beginning, but now it is getting a little hectic. I’ll be glad when Wednesday gets here.”